The newly-built permanent premises of the Sathya Sai School of Canada was inaugurated on 20th May 2016 by Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi Council, in Toronto, Ontario, in time for classes in the upcoming academic year in September 2016.
The modern, 30,000 square feet building, located on 2.5 acres, incorporates the latest state of the art technologies and environmental awareness. The inaugural ceremony was attended by senior officers of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO), director of the ISSE of Canada, school principal and trustees of the education trust, officers and members of SSIO Canada, staff members, parents, volunteers and supporters of the school as well as the resplendent school children.
Established in September 2000 by the divine command of Sathya Sai Baba as a non-profit, private school for all children, the school offers the Ministry of Ontario Curriculum integrated with spiritual education based on human values.
Baba said, “School is My project… make this project happen. Start small. Grow slowly.”
Within 6 years of its establishment, Grade 3 and Grade 6 students of the school scored a perfect 10 in province-wide examinations, elevating the school to the prestigious, hand-picked group of No. 1 schools in the Canadian Province of Ontario, a success it has replicated year-after-year since then. In fact, for the past 16 years, the school has been a model school for human values education, while maintaining high standards of academic success.
From its humble beginning with 60 students in three classes, namely Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1, the school now has 200 students enrolled in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8. It balances both secular education and character development with demonstrated excellence.
This is largely due to the dedication and hard work of accredited and dedicated teachers who have been trained in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) and a committed principal, staff, Parent Council and Sri Sathya Sai Education Trust of Canada, who have created an atmosphere of love that permeates and sustains the school.
Not only have the children won awards and accolades for their outstanding behaviour and excellence in academics and extra-curricular activities, they have created awareness in the local community of the importance of values and character education.
At the community level, school children, educators, staff and parents have addressed public assemblies on the importance of human values and selfless service. They regularly participate in community service programmes, distribute food and warm clothing to the under-privileged, and sponsor many service projects, for example, supplying water to the indigent residents of Uganda.
The Sathya Sai School of Canada illuminates the role of character development in schools and has become a beacon of light not only for Canada, but the entire world.