Ekal Vidyalaya is a people's movement with a vision to facilitate the process of empowering rural and tribal communities based on the concept of social, economic and gender equality.
Ekal's mission is the holistic development of villages through the empowerment of tribal and rural communities in India with basic education, digital literacy, skill development, health awareness, learning modern agricultural practices and rural entrepreneurship.
Ekal in numbers:-
102,724 schools in rural and tribal areas
2,783,306 total students
1,392,330 boys are currently enrolled
1,390,976 girls are currently enrolled
At the time of independence, India’s literacy rate was a staggering 11%. Since then, it has made tremendous strides in educating its people. According to a 2011 census, the literacy rate has grown to 74%; however, this figure is still below the world average literacy rate of 84%. The census data states that though the gap between the literacy rate in urban and rural areas is steadily declining, the divide still exists. The literacy rate among the urban population is 84%, while the literacy rate of the rural population is only 68%. The tribal/ rural inhabitants live in remote areas, far from major cities. Those areas are highly deprived of basic amenities, modern facilities and even basic infrastructure, especially on the operational level. These areas are often non-reachable by road and hence neglected by development agencies. In this scenario, Ekal Vidyalaya movement emerged as the most pragmatic solution to this national need.
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of Canada was registered as an Ontario Corporation in 2006 and attained Canadian charitable status in 2007. Charity Registration Number (Canada): 853421162RR0001.
Ekal Canada website: https://ekal.ca/
Global website: https://www.ekal.org/
EKAL VIDYALAYA (Single Teacher School):-
Ekal Vidyalaya is a one-teacher school primarily in the remote tribal villages where often there are not even the basic necessities of life such as roads, hospitals, schools, clean water etc. A school consists of 25 to 40 children and there are no formal school buildings. Classes are held under a tree, in a verandah, or wherever else is available. A blackboard, teacher and students form the classroom. Ekal schools are allotted to donors and a distinctive number is given to each donor by Ekal. To recognize the donors, a nameplate is attached to the blackboard of the school showing the name of the donor.
Recently, Arogya Foundation was formed to carry forward the mission of reaching the remotest village in India to provide better health care services based on the concept of AYUSH and Home Remedies, it helps:-
* To bridge the gap between remote areas and modern health facilities.
* Creating awareness by health care education – Emphasis is on Sanitation, Nutrition, Personal Hygiene and Mother & Child Healthcare.
* Providing preventive and curative health services (Healthcare activity).
* To create awareness about the National health program.
Also, Gramothan Foundation of India is formed to take forward the mission of Integrated Village Development (IVD) by developing Gramothan Resource Centre to work as growth Resource Centre for 100 villages.
SPECIAL PROJECTS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES:
1. E-SHIKSHA (TEACHING WITH TABLETS)
2. TAILORING TRAINING CENTER
3. EKAL ON WHEELS
4. INTEGRATED VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT
6. GRAMOTHAN (VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT) RESOURCE CENTER
7. DIGITAL LITERACY TRAINING CENTER