Ekal support meet - Muscat
Muscat Ekal support meet was held on 20th Sept 2014. Mr.Gajesh Dhariwal. Co-ordinator welcomed the guest. Meeting was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Guest of Honour Mr.K.K.Taori, chairman and it was followed by prayer.
The programme went ahead by Ekal video screening and power point presentation which was followed by question & answer session. Presentation was given by Mr. Shankar Chelaram of Ekal UAE and the closing remarks were given by Mr.K.K.Taori and the meet ended by Indian National Anthem.
Few members have assured to continue their support for the next year also.
Ekal,USA raises Rs. 1 Crore to implement clean India campaign in villages
By Ranjani Saigal, Executive Director, (EVF-USA)
'Ekal vidyalaya foundation – USA (EVF-USA)’ recently (oct3-5) hosted an international conference in Cincinnati, Ohio to address various issues like integrated development in remote parts of India.
Inspired by the Clarion call for ‘SWAATCH BHARAT’ (clean India) by Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi, Ekal volunteers whole heartedly adopted this campaign to create and implement a strategy to clean the Ekal Villages where 1.5 million children are being nurtured and groomed.
This conference had brought volunteers from across India, US & Canada and astoundingly raised Rs.1 Crore for this purpose. Ajay Singh, Project Co-ordinator for EVF-USA, informed the gathering about the state-of-the- art approach adopted by ‘ Ekal-India’ to administer and monitor various aspects of 'Ekal’.
At the conference, Ekal also addressed the national tragedy of the floods affecting the Kashmir Valley. Ekal USA has year-marked $150,000 for the flood victims. In short Ekal vidyalaya is playing a key role in the lives of neglected masses for their self-sustenance & empowerment.
Ekal impact through the prism of mahila varg
In 2013 seventeen Mahila Vargs were conducted and 3198 women volunteers participated to improve the Ekal Villages at the grass root level.
School children, both present and past, does not touch liquor,
All these women authenticated with full authority and confidence that:
· Ekal schools run their villages regularly.
· All the schools have lady teachers.
· The children of Ekal schools both past and present do not touch liquor even though their grandparents and father drinks.
· Stopped all bad habits like smoking, using abusive languages, pays attention to the hygiene, becoming devotional and patriotic.
· In Punjab border area Ekal-Villages drug menance have come down considerably due to Ekal schools as the Gram-Pramukh-Sardaji reported.
By this trend, Ekal is producing a new generation of nearly 40 lakhs Ekal children and youth who do not touch liquor.
Ekal Sansthan launches the study circle
Smt.Manjushree, President Ekal Sansthan gave the welcome address and explained about the role of the Ekal Abhyan which had started its journey 26 years ago. Shri Praveen Arya, during his presentation highlighted the concept of Ekal Study circle.
The chief guest in his address focussed on the priority of Government of India on the promotion of skill development and entrepreneurship, particularly in rural and urban areas.
Dr. Dinesh Tyagi, CEO-Common Service Centre explained the concept of Common Service Centre and its role in rural and tribal areas. He also laid great emphasis on developing heart to heart relation with the tribals to gain their confidence.
Shri.Singh urged the Ekal to link Ekal movement with their schemes.
The session was concluded by Dr. P. L. Chaturvedi, Chairman, Ekal Sansthan & former Vice Chancellor.
My Visit to Ekal Vidyalaya Schools
By Adarsha Prahalad, Houstan, Texas
I visited the Ekal vidyalayas near Mysore, in Karnataka to get the first-hand experience of how the schools are run. If one of the people in USA took time to see how the less privileged coping without proper facilities it would be clear how lucky we are.
The first Vidyalay we visited was in Boochalli on 14th August 2014. It was well organised. There were about 16 students who greeted us with ‘JAI SHREE RAM’ as we entered. I was very impressed as I had never heard the phrase used as a greeting. We all encouraged them to keep studying hard.
The school in Devarhalli was run in a big hall used for group puja’s of the village. They called it as Ram Mandir. They too greeted us in the same way. The teachers followed the curriculum provided by Ekal Vidyalaya to teach. The main agenda for the day we visited, was to practise the dance taught by their teacher whom they called ‘AKKA’ which means sister in Kannada.
We liked how the school were run and how the teachers take extra effort to keep the learning experience unique and fun for the kids.
By visiting these two Vidyalayas, my perspective of Ekal Vidyalaya efforts increased by leaps and bounds.
Overall from this experience I see knowledge in new light and education for what is true value, is priceless.
Ekal Vidyalaya, Salem Phoenix Trust along with Green World organised the planting saplings in 19 villages around Yercaud on 19th Oct 2014. Puja was performed by chanting mantras and the saplings were planted.
Friends of Tribals Society Coimbatore celebrated Diwali with full time workers which was attended by President Sri. Shreegopal Maheswari and Ladies Wing Secretary Mrs. Kavitha Maheswari and by Mrs. Rajeshwari Ravikumar. The programme started at 1.00 pm.
The introduction speech was given by Dr.Satheesh, after that all the karyakarthas of Coimbatore were handed over a packet of crackers and sweets as gifts. The crackers were bursted and home made food with variety of dishes were served in banana leaf.
Ekal abhiyans Bharat Lok Siksha Parishad, Delhi arranged a trip to Amritsar on 5/092014 to visit the Ekal school. Sri Manmohan from Australia, who was visiting India was accompanied by Sri Hardev Singh from BLSP Delhi .
They visited 2 villages, first they visited Ludhad, where they met the teacher, children and the Gram Smethi.