Newsletter January 2022

Nrithyothsava by Tri-Valley Chapter, North LA

Ekal Nrithyothsava has been an annual event for the past few years.  The idea behind the event is to encourage and showcase local talents while bringing awareness about Ekal to the wider community.  
We have artists from Los Angeles representing different dance schools/dance groups and Indian associations performing classical and folk dances from various parts of India.
We are lucky to have so many artists, adult and youth volunteers supporting Ekal year after year. Our sincere thanks to our donors for their continued support.
Due to the Pandemic, the event was virtual this year, so a special thanks to our event committee and Netlink for their efforts in executing the event.
Thanks to All!! 
- Meena Kadaba


Funfest TARANG is coming up…

Tarang - a fun fest, brings to you a vibrant platform to showcase your Talent.

If you are an artist, make the best out of waste products.

If you are a writer, express your thoughts via essay/shayari/poetry/ or even stand-up comedy.

Winning entries will get a chance to showcase their talent on stage in front of Shri Manoj Muntashir.

So we request you all to encourage the youth of your respective cities to participate in these exciting competitions.

Gear up for a fun filled celebration on 9th Jan, 2022.


Handmade greeting cards by Ekal Youth, Central NJ

Awesome job by all central NJ Ekal youth members with guidance and lead from EYLC Prashila ji. 100 handmade greeting cards, by EYLs were donated to Alzeimer’s association in NJ on behalf of EKAL. Thanks to all Family members who supported youth for this noble project connecting EKAL with local communities in meaningful way.

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Letter of appreciation from Indian PM

On the occasion of Ekal Shri Hari Silver Jubilee Festival, Ekal Abhiyan and Ekal Shri Hari Satsang Committee received a letter of appreciation from Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi ji.


Ekal Abhiyan Prathmik Shiksha National Workshop held

The National Workshop for the Master Trainers was held from November 12 to 14, 2021 at the Terapanth Bhawan, Chhatarpur Mandir Road, New Delhi. The workshop cum training was jointly conducted by Senior Sevavraties of Prashikshan department and senior experts of Ekal Sansthan. Out of 90 expected participants from all over the country, 87 were present, 25 from Sambhag (Zones) 62 from Bhags (Divisions), 3 were absent with prior information, 25 were female. 
The main Objective of the workshop was to give priority to the quality of the school mainly by
a) understanding the complete Training Model including structure, schedule and methodology.
b) ensuring Ekal Vidyalayas follow all the 7 subjects of the syllabus for holistic development of children.
c) transforming 1 lakh teachers not only as Guru but as a social change agent in their respective villages.
Smt Manju Srivastava, Chairperson Ekal Sansthan, analyzed and summarized the outcome of all the sessions of the three day workshop. She gave the message to all the Karyakartas to continue working hard to ascertain quality of Ekal Vidyalayas and teachers.
The concluding speech was delivered by Shri Madhevendra Singh, General Secretary Ekal Abhiyan Trust about the expectations and future schemes of Ekal.


One Day Speed course on E-Shika held for Ekal trainers

Immediately after the Central Workshop held in Delhi from 12-14 November 2021, a follow-up was designed and conducted in Kolkata (Bengal Sambhag), Delhi (Brajmandal Sambhag) Rudrapur (Uttarakhand Sambhag) on November 23, December 4 and 10 respectively by E-Shiksha Pramukh Shri Ranjan Bag with assistance and guidance of Smt Manju didi. PPT and Tablets were used for the training. Focus was on E-Shiksha - difficulties, constraints, teaching skills of teachers, capacity enhancement of Sanch Pramukh.
In-person classes were conducted in all the 3 locations. The participants got enough chance to interact and ask questions and got clear ideas. Tablets were given to all the participants in their hands to get the feel of its functionality. These master trainers were updated with New Education policy 2020. Accordingly changes were made in the syllabus.


Training the Masters’ Program

The All India Naishnatya Varga (expert's training) was virtually conducted from 15-17, December 2021. It was attended by Master Trainers from 28 Sambhags and 72 Bhags, who are responsible for the training of Anchal, Sanch Pramukhs and the teachers.
The training focused on –
•    Specific role and importance of Ekal Vidyalaya and its quality concerns
•    Monthly teachers Training - duration, syllabus, reporting, methods and objectives
•    How to run Ekal Vidyalaya - time table, methodology, syllabus and discipline
•    Formation of trainers’ team at every level - Sambhag to Sanch
•    E-Shiksha - content, importance, methods
•    Guest Trainers from educational background for Shiksh Samity at every level
•    Tools for Training, treasure from trash, innovative and imaginative videos were shown through screen sharing
•    Future planning of training programs - Neipunya Varga (Anchal level trainers), Kshamta Vikas Varga (Sanch Pramukhs) Abhyas Varga (Teacher's training)
•    Pragat Sanch - efforts and progress
•    Planning of Pravas of all the Prashikshan Pramukhs
Full attendance was recorded.


Ekal Surat Mahila team visited GRC, Songadh

Ladies wing of Ekal Abhiyan and members of inner wheel club of Surat visited Songhad Gramothan Kendra on 25th November 2021. They donated 10 sewing machines both for training local woman and also employ them.


Another Ekal On Wheels at Kerehalli, North Karnataka

One more Ekal on Wheels is initiated at Kerehalli village in North Karnataka by the Member of Parliament Shri Karadi Sanganna. Shri Srinivas, Sambhag President was also present during the event.


Virtual Vanyatra by FTS, Kochi

FTS, Kochi chapter organized a virtual Vanyatra on 5th December through Google meet to felicitate former Ekal students who achieved A+ grade in 10th and 12th standard exams in the year 2020 - 2021. Fourteen students were awarded with a cash prize of Rs.1000 each with a certificate and picture of Lord Hanuman. Sanch Samithi members gave away the prizes. Parents received the awards on behalf of the Children who had already left to hostel for further studies. We had an interactive session with these children. Our members from FTS, Gram Sangathan, Mahila Samithi had conversations with them. They all were grateful and thanked Ekal which was their stepping stone to education and also for recognizing their hard work to achieve A+. We were happy to have Shri Sreedhar Nair, Ekal Chapter President, Cleveland, Ohio as a special guest who said his present mission is to take Ekal schools in Kerala to the next level by leveraging increased participation and ownership from Keralites worldwide. It was a proud moment for all of us to see these children and be a part of Ekal Family.
Smt Maheswari Muralidharan.
Kochi chapter, Kerala.


Ekal BLSP team went on a vanyatra

A team of members from Ekal Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad, Kanpur visited Umaidpur and Chintapurwa villages of Tatiagani sanch in Kanpur. They were delighted to find the village students’ inspiration to continue higher academic studies after coming in to Ekal Vidyalaya in their village.


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