Empowerment Education

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation believes in empowering the people to establish "Gram Swaraj" or "Self Governance," as visioned by Mahatma Gandhi. To enable this, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation volunteers and executives try to provide information about local government functionary and awareness about the "Right to Information" Act to villagers. To enhance their participation in the governance, Ekal teachers emphasize the importance of voting to villagers. In many villages, the Ekal Foundation has been a catalyst to revive the Panchayat System of the village, or to make the system functional and effective towards the village development.

The impact on women empowerment has been a powerful side effect of our program. For girls in villages like Ramput in the Madhubani district in Bihar, female education was non-existent. Now women are even going on to college! The teachers and the workers are trained and become influencers in their villages. Over 70% of our teachers are women and thus we have nearly 41,000 women who are powerful influencers in their community.