Schools

58,692

Students

1,507,060

Boys Enrolled

750,761

Girls Enrolled

756,299

Our Mission

Our Mission is the holistic development of remote villages. tribal areas of India and developing neighboring countries through well-designed, effectual education supporting Literacy, Healthcare, Economic Development and Empowerment. Ekal is the largest non-government organization engaged in the education of the poorest of the poor in the world.

Who We Are

The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of Canada (EVFC) was registered as an Ontario Corporation in 2006 and the Canadian charitable status was obtained a year later under the leadership of Mr. Ravi Verma. It issues tax deductible charitable donation receipts. EVFC works in close liaison with and support from the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of U.S.A. and the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI). EVFI is a lead organization among others, viz. Friends of Tribal Society; Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad and Ekal Sansthan.

The purpose of the Ekal Vidyalaya Movement is all-round development in rural areas, primarily in the remote and tribal parts of India and the developing neighboring countries. The main focus is on education. It is the largest non-government organization engaged in the education of the poorest of the poor in the world. Along with education, primary health (Arogya) and economic development (Gramothan) are receiving considerable attention.

One Teacher Schools

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. “which we take it for granted”. 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 class room. Ekal schools are allotted to donors and a distinctive number is given to each donor by EVFI. To recognize the donors, a name plate is attached to the blackboard of the school showing the name of the donor.

Syllabus

The curriculum consists of Languages, Mathematics, General Education, Science, Storytelling, Basic Healthcare, Handicrafts, and Physical Education.

Cost

The cost to adopt one school is CDN $500.00 per year. Donations, often collected during fundraising activities are used to cover this cost.

Budget

Teachers salary (honorarium) 60%; Teacher training 25%; Teaching material 6%; Regional operating expense 4%; Administrative expenses 5%.

Teachers

Teachers are invariably from the same village to ensure effect, preserve stability and maintain effectiveness. There are periodic programmes of training for teachers and other volunteers forming management network at all levels: junior, middle and senior.