On Sunday 14th February 2016, ISKCON Nairobi held its first ever Gita Champions League prize ceremony. The Chairman of Hindu Council of Kenya Mr. Nitin Malde graced the occasion and enlivened the audience with his inspiring address. The National Secretary of Hindu Council of Kenya Mr. Kamal Gupta, Bhakti Vasudeva Swami a travelling ISKCON sannyasi, senior members of ISKCON Nairobi – Madhava Das and Rukma Das and Mrs. Mahida headmistress of Nairobi South Nursery, Primary and Secondary School also attended the event.
The Gita Champions League (GCL) is a competition based on the teachings of the ancient book of knowledge, the Bhagavad Gita. This contest was a fun, inspiring and motivating way to help everyone to absorb themselves in the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, enrich and refocus their life in the right manner.
GCL was a written test primarily targeting students from Class 5 to 8. The test was limited to the first three chapters of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is written by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of ISKCON.
GCL was first organized by ISKCON in India and it was run in Nairobi on a pilot basis. It attracted registrations from six prominent schools in Nairobi. There were a total of 14 overall prize winners and the winners expressed their appreciation and joy for having access to this universal knowledge, which will help them improve their lives as well as society. Organizers were pleasantly surprised to find that apart from the students their whole families were involved in studying the Gita. Twenty-two other participants received prizes for their excellent performance. In addition, all participants received a certificate of participation and T-shirts.
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