Learners excel in Gandhi essay competition

Members of the Pietermaritzburg Gandhi Memorial Committee and the pupils who performed well in the competition.

This is the third year the competition has taken place. It is held in October to coincide with the Annual Gandhi Peace Walk to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on October 2. The day is also celebrated as the International Day of Non-violence.
The topic this year was “Explain to what extent Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence and passive resistance can be used as a model to address the challenges facing South Africa regarding racism and zenophobia”.
The Gandhi Essay Competition was instituted to educate learners on the philosophy of Gandhi, especially as it relates to non-violence, which will equip them in dealing with the challenges that they will face in life.
The essay competition has grown since its inception in 2015, and this year included schools from throughout the uMgungundlovu District.
The PGMC believes that the stories of icons like Gandhi and Mandela need to be told to keep their legacies alive. The experiences of these great leaders are still relevant today.
The markers commended the learners on the high standard of work and the extensive research that was evident from the presentations.
All learners who finish in the top ten receive a cash prize with the first-place winner receiving R1 000 for themselves and their school. The cash prizes for the competition have been sponsored for the last three years by Save Hyper, and the PGMC would like to thank Mr. Moosa Noorgat for his continued partnering with this competition.
The Bundhoo Motala Floating Trophy is also awarded to the top learner.
This is the third year in a row that the top learner has emerged from Silver Heights Secondary. The PGMC would like to congratulations Lindelwa and the educators from Silver Heights Secondary who facilitated the leaners’ participation in the competition. The committee would also like to thank all the learners who participated this year. The committee hopes that more learners participate in the competition next year.
The top ten learners for 2017 were:
Lindelwa Gasela – Silver Heights Secondary
Mpulo Zanele – Smero Secondary
Lindelwa Majola – Silver Heights Secondary
Dayita Ramraj – Raisethorpe Secondary
Revantika Ramnaraj
– Raisethorpe Secondary

Harchad Hemchand
– Raisethrope Secondary
Yevita Reddy – Heather Secondary
Kholeka Magoso – Richmond Combined School
Bekhita Maharaj – Silver Heights Secondary
Ayabonga Gwayi – Silver Heights Secondary

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