Newsletter March 2019

Shri Bitthal Maheshwari of Ekal Italy is honoured with Pravasi Bharthey Samman


President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind honoring Shri Bitthal Das Maheshwari of Ekal Italy with Pravasi Bharthey Samman for his significant contributions in India and abroad.

 

Goyal Peace Prize


On 1st March Ekal is bestowed with Goyal Peace Prize by Kurushetra University.

 

3rd generation supporter


Smt Priyanka and her father Shri Naresh Kumar are supporting Ekal from Mumbai for quite some years. Now, I’m proud to say that the 3rd generation from the family also has joined them in supporting Ekal. Ananya daughter of Smt Priyanka has done this image of Ekal in just 7 minutes time covering the activities of Ekal. Unless someone has a good understanding of Ekal, it is not possible for anyone to come up with such a wonderful concept at such a short time and that too at such age.  -   Shri Shyam Gupt

 

Ekal on Wheels, Telangana - 2nd Anniversary


During the 2nd anniversary of FTS Telangana chapter, Ekal on Wheels was rolled out. First batch was successfully completed at Amrabad Mandal, Nagarkurnool District, Telangana State. Out of 125 students enrolled 105 students successfully completed the program. The villages covered were Vankeshwaram, Padara, KGBV (Kasturibha Gandhi Balikala Vidyalaya) Amrabad, Kummaronipally, Mannanoor, Venkateshwarlabhavi and Madhavanipally. Next batch with more than 100 students are ready to take up the course. 
- Shri Sreedhar

 

Arogya camp


Ekal Arogya organized Health camps and Awareness program in FatehpurSikri, Agra and Bharatpur in Rajasthan.

 

Ekal awarded


Proud moment for Ekal Abhiyan Trust when it was awarded by Early Childhood Association, Jaipur on February 12. The award was given by Maharaj Kumar Saheb Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur for Ekal’s exemplary work on educating tribal children.

 

National Governing council meet


To strengthen the speed and spread of Ekal movement, an annual conference of All India Delegation held in Teerapanth Bhawan, Chhattarpur, Delhi was organized between 15th to 17th February 2019 with the help of Bhartiya Lok Shiksha Parishad. Nearly 500 delegates from throughout the country attended the meeting.
In the three-day meeting, Honorable Shyamji said that unless every child of each village is educated, the country cannot be developed. In every village, construction of village committees is necessary which will play a key role in development. Ekal Vikas kendra should be set up in nearly 3 lakh small villages of India, so that in the coming years, 40 million people living in 4 lakh villages can contribute to nation building.
The meeting began with Shardanjali to the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack. A kavi samelan on the line of patriotism was also organized in the honor of martyrdom solders, by renowned poet Shri Gajanan Chauhan.
The highlight of this meeting was that the complete compilation of the meeting was done by those people of the Tribes community who were attached with Ekal from the initial days of the movement, when it was called "Gram Shakshi Mandir". These Vanvasi workers, holding very senior and responsible posts were very emotional and intense in the moments and gave all the credit for this to Ekal Sangatan.

 

Vanyatra by Shri Nishendu Baxi


We recently did Vanyatra with Shri Hasmukh bhai and Smt Jyotsanaben Shah. We were six of us including my wife Smt Hasmih bhai and Smt Jyotsanaben Jayendrabhai Parikh and Shri Dinaben Shah. We visited 5 schools and one GRC center in Songadh/Dang area in Gujarat. Also Ekal Sanskar training center.
On the outset, let me state that it was an eye opening visit. You read the pamphlets and brochures, see videos and talk to people who have done Vanyatra or are actively working with Ekal. However, personal visit is what makes the most vivid impression.
The teachers suggested that we should have Ekal LOGO on the school bags. This will give them an identity and pride of being a student of Ekal. They also said there are organizations that give these children food and take them away to alien cultures. There were nice educational posters hanging around, however, the map of India was not seen. The teaching methodology needs to be reassessed so that the students are better educated.
- Shri Nishendu Baxi

 

Vanyatra by Shri Manubhai Shah


Shri Manubhai Shah and Smt Channdraika Ben Shah visited Ekal Vidyalayas and Songadh GRC in Gujarat along with Shri Ramesh Shah and Smt Kokila Ben Shah. They took a tour of the GRC’s sewing classes, nutrition garden and mobile van and were quite impressed by it.

 

Vanyatra by Shri Man Kumardev and family


Shri Man kumardev and his wife from US visited 2 Ekal Vidyalayas, Dhamotana Mohila and Mashodh in North Gujarat on 31st January, 2019 and interacted with children, teacher and villagers. They were impressed and appreciated Ekal for its efforts.

 

Vanyatra by Shri Suryakant


Date Visited: Sunday, 30 December 2018

We visited India in winter of 2018. We planned to visit Ekal Schools and experience with our own eyes the actual working of Ekal Vidyalaya. We accomplished our goal by visiting 2 schools about 2 km distance from each other. The schools are located in Gujarat near Dharampur (Valasad).
About 30 students were present at each school. The teacher showed us how she teaches the students and students sang songs, told stories and danced together. It was a joy to see young students singing, dancing and learning together. Everything was done in Gujarati which was enjoyable and refreshing for us.
This trip was “one of a life time events” for us and we will cherish the memories of this trip all the time. What a wonderful trip!

- Shri Suryakant and Smt Rekha Parekh
Sugar Land, Texas

 

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