The "Vanayatra" is, by far, the most effective way to learn about Ekal schools and their programs on a firsthand basis.
The Vanayatra involves a one day road trip to see an Ekal School in session with the opportunity to interact with the children, teachers (Acharyas), villagers and Ekal workers (Karyakartas). In many villages the school teacher also serves as the basic health-care worker (Arogya Sevak/Sevika) and visitors will also be able to learn about varying aspects of the Ekal Movement, other than its primary schools.Scope
Please note that the Vanayatra is designed to help the visitor both learn and experience Ekal Schools and programs first hand. This does not, however, involve any formal teaching of the students, as all instruction is based on the curriculum and defined methodology.
The cost of transportation will be borne by the visitors and ranges around Rs. 2000 per day.
As a rule, the Vanayatra is a day trip and does not include an overnight stay. However, if that is desired, the visitor should discuss this with the coordinator ahead of time(see contact information below). Please be advised that any overnight stay can be arranged only if the required location can meet comfort, food, health, sanitation, safety and other requirements the visitors may have. Additional costs may be applicable for overnight trips.
Any overseas visitor wishing to undertake the Vanayatra needs to call and confirm plans with Sri Ravidev Gupta (Secretary Ekal India) at +91-9818006185 and email@example.com or Shri Harish Karat at +91-9994400697 and firstname.lastname@example.org after reaching India, at least 3 days before the desired date of the Vanayatra. Details should include the number of visitors, their contact information while in India. and the desired area of the country.
Mr. Gupta or Shri Harish Karat will then provide the Visitor with the name and number of the Local Coordinator who will then contact them with further details and required information. The Visitor is requested to call Mr. Gupta/Shri Harish Karat back in 24 to 48 hours if the Local Coordinator has not contacted him/her by then.
We encourage you, your family and friends to undertake Vanayatra. It will truly be a positive and memorable experience of a life-time.
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