The North East India has 3,000 such Ekal vidyalayas that are situated in the sister states. The movement wishes to convert the tribal talent into a positive energy reservoirs and income generation units. The movement has been established to eradicate illiteracy from the face of tribal India and uplift the tribal society economically and socially through people’s movement. Illiteracy is the root cause and biggest impediment to development of an economy.
Without literacy, other factors such as primary health, employment generations, population control etc; are non-starters. with India poised to move ahead and there being all positive signs of a robust and sustained economic growth, the roadblocks to literacy needs to be done away with. The rural population must be empowered through education to enter the mainstream of the society and contribute to the country’s growth.
Mission FTS is to eradicate illiteracy from rural areas, particularly among tribals, so that a literate tribal population would also simultaneously get access to primary health, child care, gainful self-employment to empower themselves economically and socially. it is a vision that embraces integrity, determination and commitment. The intention is noble, to realize the untapped potential of rural India that is still waiting to emerge and flourish. The FTS has been successful in devising a cost effective concept of one teacher school. The chilldren of the village who do not go to any school or even those who go to other schools, are given support education for three hours every day. It helps in motivating the children to go to schools and have even succeeded in reducing the drop-out rate in higher schools.
While earlier attempts, by many, of educating the deprived children in remote villages have failed, the Ekal Vidyalaya concept saw the face of success. The solution lay in non-imposition of an alien value system on them.. The healthcare education programme disseminates information about health hazards and preventive measures through community participation. the emphasis is on hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, first aid, maternal and child care and information on common diseases prevailing in the local area.
The primary aim is to provide information about income generating programmes and make the villagers self-sufficient. the objective is self-reliance of the villagers utilizing local resources. for sustaining development FTS pursues small projects with activities like Vermi-culture, fruit-tree plantation, vegetable plantation, water management, animal husbandry etc. Providing training on these activities and even helping in marketing of the produce is done. Skill development programmes are also undertaken. The objective is to educate villagers about various government schemes meant for them, about the benefits that were supposed to flow from the schemes, in case they are not forthcoming. The modalities of using Right to Information Act is also in the curriculum.
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