The Friends of Tribals Society (FTS), Erode Chapter in Tamilnadu was inaugurated
on Aug 3, 2009. Since its inception, it is supporting 120 schools of Gobi Anchal in the
hills of Thalavady. This year, Erode chapter celebrated 3 functions at a time; 150th birth
year of Swami Vivekananada, 25th year of FTS and 4th Annual Day of Erode Chapter on September. For the ﬁrst time, local Tamil speaking elites of Erode participated in large numbers with great enthusiasm to support the cause of Ekal. A Rath with Swami
Vivekananda on it, was on show at the venue of the event. There was a stunning dance
show by physically challenged youth on Wheel Chair. These dancers were trained by ‘Ability Unlimited Foundation’. It was really ‘Miracle on Wheels’. FTS Erode had done a great job.
Mahila Groups On the RISE
In Punjab, Ekal Movement started in 2004
from Fazilka district situated along the
border of Pakistan. Ekal schools are running
in most of the border villages. The future
plan of expansion is to have schools in all the districts of the Border Belt from Ganganagar
to Pathankote. The Mahila Varg was held on
24 & 25 Aug 2013 in Pedi Dharamshala, Fazil-
ka. The inaugural session was graced by Sri.
Jagath Singh Jyani, Retired High Court Judge
of Rajasthan and a domicile of Fazilka.
The newly formed Mahila Samiti under
the guidance of Smt. Saroj Kaushal and Smt. Mridula Sharma actively participated in the
Varg. The highlights of the Ekal Movement
explained by Prof. Manjushree covered the
signiﬁcant role of women, both rural and urban by Ekal. Women from Fazilka, Fero-
jpur, Amritsar, Jalalabad and Abohar districts
In the two day workshop, diﬀerent sessions
were taken by Priyanka Dihingia, Mahila Pramuk and Monica Burnwal, Pramukh of North Zone. The participants expressed
their joy after two days of training and felt
enriched by this experience. The Varg ended
with very inspiring and encouraging notes.
Sri. Madhusudan age 21, Jharkhand State, Dhanbad Dis-trict, Cempather village, studied in Cempather village Ekal
Vidyalaya between 2000 to 2004. He participated in ‘Baal Mela’ conducted by Ekal Vidyalaya, which he enjoyed very much. Ekal vidyalaya gave him moti-vation and interest towards education. In 2008 he became a teacher in the same school. He cleared his matric exams and joined Ekal as a full time worker. He was initially ‘saha sanch
pramukh’ then became ‘sankul pramukh’. In 2010 he ﬁnished his higher secondary
exams and joined college. He says “being a boy from a Village like Cemapather, a place
literally unknown to the world, I ﬁnished my primary and secondary education and presently in college only because of Ekal Vidyalaya”.
Newsletter from Ekal Movementnovember, 2013