We are a Canadian charity committed to promoting literacy in rural India

Ekal runs over 102,000 schools that help educate 2.8 million children in tribal and rural areas of India

About Ekal Vidyalaya

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of Canada (Ekal Canada) was founded in the year 2007. Ekal Canada is a registered Canadian charity / non-profit organization engaged in the education of tribal, indigenous children in rural India and Nepal. It is the largest grassroots movement of its kind in the world.

Charity Registration Number: 853421162RR0001

Events

Ekal Ki Shaam

02/10/2021 | 8:30 pm –

Ekal Canada presents Ekal Ki Shaam. A free virtual musical concert.

Breath is Life: Kathak

10/09/2021 – 26/09/2021 (Multi-day Event)

Manohar performing arts of Canada and Ekal Canada presents Breath is Life: Bharatnatyam. A three part COVID-19 relief fundraiser.

News

Announcement: New Kingston Ontario Chapter

Announcement: New Winnipeg Chapter

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ONGOING KEY PROJECT

Rural India Covid-19 relief

Most of Ekal villages are very remote, and generally do not have easy access to medical facilities. A large team of Ekal workers is trying hard to prevent and control epidemic in these villages. Ekal needs funds for prevention and control of epidemic in these villages.

Our Key Programs

Education

Digital Literacy and Basic Education form the pillars of Ekal’s strategy in Rural India

Health

We think it’s our social responsibility to address the issues related to healthcare.

Special Projects

Projects designed to fill gaps in India’s Development

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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. 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 classroom. Recently, the Arogya project was launched in parallel to reach the remotest village in India and provide better health care services based on the concept of Home Remedies. It helps:
  • To bridge the gap between remote areas and modern health facilities.
  • Creating awareness by health care education – emphasis is on sanitation, nutrition, personal hygiene and mother and child healthcare.
  • Providing preventive and curative health services (healthcare activity).
  • To create awareness about the national health program.
 

Special Ekal Projects in Rural Communities:

  1. E-Shiksha (Teaching with Tablets)
  2. Tailoring Training Center
  3. Ekal On Wheels (Mobile Van for Digital Literacy)
  4. Integrated Village Development
  5. Telemedicine
  6. Gramothan (Village Development) Resource Center
  7. Digital Literacy Training Center

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 CAD $500 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.

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.

A contribution of CAD $500 helps run one Ekal school for an entire year, educates 30 children, and has a positive impact on 30 rural families.

Through your gift you will receive the opportunity to make a significant difference.