Ekal Vidyalay's values can be easily understood from the "Ekal Geet", a sort of an anthem for the organisation. It says that in an age of creation and development, we must not forget to build the character of its people. In a bid to fulfill our own selfish needs, we must not forget the well being of mother earth.
With these high ambitions but resolute spirit, Ekal Vidyalay works for the dissemination of literacy and education among 1.5 million children across 54,000 schools. It is the largest not for profit organistaion dedicated to the cause of education, rural development and therefore building the nation at its very base.
It is important to note the difference between literacy and education. Not only does it teach its student to read, write or make calculations, it teaches them about cattle, diseases etc which are for practical needs of the children. The organisation must not be seen as a replacement of government schooling but complements it.
The organisation aims to build a network of one lakh schools.
Harvard University is conducting a Model United Nations programme at Hyderabad from August 13, 2014. As a participant in this programme, Shyam Sunder Sriram has nominated Ekal, and had shot a video that speaks of the works and impact of Ekal. The programme will bring students from all over the world and will recognise efforts of NGOs that are working to fulfill the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
After the nomination procedure, the programme will pass on the funds collected through the Impact Initiative to the NGO that has received the maximum votes, in terms of Likes and Shares on Facebook.
Here's the link for their Facebook page.