ABH STUDENTS EXCEL
By: Marcelle Naidoo
Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) Nursing School held its annual graduation ceremony Wednesday with almost every graduate receiving an honours pass.
Nursing is known to be an extremely noble profession; the determination and sacrifice that goes into being a caregiver is tremendous. The ABH hosts a number of fund raising and community outreach programmes which uplift the aged and physically challenged.
The ABH Nursing School is an organisation aimed at raising up a dedicated and sincere breed of medical professionals. The students are taught basic principles of nursing care from qualified nurses and lecturers which is followed by their practical training that is carried out at various hospitals; this forms part of their qualification and they do not receive a salary.
The nursing school is proud to boast that in its 13 years of existence, it has achieved a 100 percent pass rate almost every year with the average pass being honours. The Graduation ceremony is a dignified procession and forms part of the organisations rich history, special guests are invited to address the students and encourage them with advice as they journey into the medical field.
This year’s guest of honour was Doctor Jay Mannie. He greeted the crowd with a beautiful song entitled “Batho Pele” which simply means “patients/people first”. His warm and humorous attitude assisted in calming the nerves of some of the graduates. The principal of the nursing school, Mrs K. Pillay congratulated all graduates and spoke briefly on the history of the ABH organisation. Matron N. S. Naidoo, a special guest at the ceremony said, “It is indeed a blessing to see so many young people who are dedicating their lives to care for others.”
Numerous students were awarded for outstanding achievement but one in particular was mentioned. Naeem Wahab began his studies and three months into it he approached the principal saying that he couldn’t do it and he didn’t think nursing was for him. Two years later Wahab graduates with honours at the top of his class with four other additional awards. Nicole Naidoo, one of the graduates who did the valediction said “We are grateful to our families for understanding when we could not attend the occasional family diner or get together, all we wanted to do was make you proud”. This may not be the most publicised profession but it surely is seemingly the most humble and rewarding.