What we do

FAQ

What do children do upon completion of the three year Ekal Vidyalaya curriculum?

Graduates from the EV program often chose one of three options:
  • Formal government schooling
  • Continue private primary schooling
  • An Ekal Vidyalaya weekly refresher class

The government boasts extensive and functional schools. What is the need for an Ekal Vidyalaya?

  • Government teachers face cultural, work schedule, and linguistic barriers.
  • Students cannot / do not attend primary education centers.
  • Ekal Vidyalaya supplements formal education at such locations
  • Ekal Vidyalaya imparts moral values

How is Ekal Vidyalaya different from other development organizations?

  • Comprehensive village development approach
  • Local empowerment
  • Emphasis on self sufficiency
  • A true movement with a goal of 100,000 schools
  • Nation-wide network
  • Concept is based on mass voluntarism
  • Youth and female involvement
  • Complete transparency and accountability
  • Maximum donation reaches the grassroots level

How does the imparted education help to develop a people and a community?

  • Promotes further education
  • Builds children's and villagers' self-confidence
  • Boosts self-respect
  • Creates an impulse to further develop community
  • Prevents exploitation

How does Ekal Vidyalaya manage to run on such a minimal budget? How is my donation used to run an Ekal Vidyalaya?

  • Low administrational overhead
    • Below 10 percent
  • Few capital costs
    • Minimal teacher's honorarium
    • Minimal worker's honorarium
    • Volunteerism
    • Teaching aids
  • Support of the villagers and surrounding area
    • Conceptually
    • Financially
Donation Package - US $365 (INR 20,000) per School per Annum

Heading Header In %
a. School Working 1. Honorarium & Training of Teachers 72
  2. Teaching Material 10
  3. Training of Master Trainers 6
  4. R&D and Contingency 2
  Total 90
b. Administration 1. Project level area 3
  2. State level 4
  3. National level 3
  Total 10
Grand Total 100

As workers and committees are not financially motivated, what drives them to persist?

  • Working for their OWN community.
  • Educating THEIR people
  • Preventing exploitation
  • A voluntary attitude
  • Service of one's country

As the average teacher could be even below a tenth-grade, high school graduate, how is he or she qualified to teach an Ekal Vidyalaya?

Upon finding a capable, potential teacher, a series of training sessions assure that the teacher is thoroughly qualified.

  • 5-Days Preliminary 'Prathamik Varg'
    • Timing - Before school is started
    • Activities - Prepare an initial lesson plan
    • Goals - Understand responsibilities and potential
      • Basic direction
      • Impart a basic understanding of the EV concept
  • 10 Days (2* 5 days) Practical 'Abhyas Varg'
    • Timing - Three months after school starts and every 6 months thereafter.
    • Activities - Study the Multi-grade concept
      • Language and mathematic basics
      • Games, stories, and other non-formal methods
    • Goals -
      • Advanced training
      • Recharges the teachers' energy
  • 2 Days Monthly Practical 'Masik Abhyas Varg'
    • Timing - Monthly meeting
    • Activities -
      • Share experiences
      • Discuss problems, hurdles, and successes
      • Update monthly lesson plan
    • Goals - Refresh what was learned at the 10 Day Practical 'Abhyas Varg.'

How can one teacher handle three different class and grade levels?

  • Multi-grade teaching
  • A heavily researched and studied education technique
  • Used by dozens of developing countries
  • Students are grouped by ability and grade level
    • Three such groups constitute an Ekal Vidyalaya
  • Such small groups are conducive to learning
  • Requires a qualified teacher, motivated students, and a supportive parental and community backbone
  • Support from the community
  • Parental support
    • Through children attendance
    • Constant enquiring
  • Assistant teacher support
    • A supporting youth will help manage the classes
  • Village committee support
    • Monitored progress

How can a teacher contribute to village development?

  • Ekal Vidyalaya looks to develop a village through:
    • Primary education
    • Health Education
    • Village Development
    • People Empowerment
  • In the health education concept, we aim to impart:
    • Health education
    • Preventive measures
    • Mother-child care
    • Curative treatment of general diseases
    • A referral service for serious cases
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