In the process of running `One Teacher school it was observed that some children could not attend school as they frequently suffered from diseases. May of these diseases was preventable and that gave an idea of introducing healthcare education, so that attendance in schools improves. Under healthcare education the teacher spreads awareness on health and hygiene among the villagers. He encourages them to consult a doctor whenever they need such attention instead of going to a quack or an ojha. The teachers are provided with a medical kit containing first aid materials and some off the shelf medicines. The teachers are trained in this respect.
After few years of running OTS it was realized that the villagers need support to augment their income generation. Responding to such realization it was decided that the villagers may be trained in some rural based activities which will improve their economic condition. These villagers are trained how to set-up pit for vermi compost or cow dung based fertilizers. They are also trained how to produce pesticides from cow urine. Conservation of water form part of the curriculum. All these lead to better harvesting with much lower cost as well as maintaining the fertility of the land. A few centres have been set-up in different parts of the country to impart different vocational training courses which have scope of generation of income in rural areas.
Working in villages we observed that the schemes launched for their welfare by different governments do not reach them. Being illiterate and economically poor, they were deprived of these benefits. To protect them from such deprivation this project was launched. The villagers are made aware of all the welfare schemes launched for them and if they are denied of these benefits the help of Right to Information Act is taken. This has resulted into large number of villagers now getting these benefits which were not extended to them earlier.
EKAL VIDYALAYA MOVEMENT
SWALABAN PRASIKSHANA KENDRA
Community Development Resource center (CDRC)
Kumbakonam. Thanjavur District
Friends of Tribals Society.
37, First Cross Street, Ram Nagar, ASOOR,
KUMBAKONAM 612 501.TamilNadu
Ph: 094432 22257
1.To make the Villages Self Reliant (Grama Swarajya) as per the Vision of Mahatma.Gandhiji.
2.To make the villages as center of Economic activity through natural farming.
3.To motivate the people to live eco friendly life.
1. To give extensive training on Cow based products like Vermicompost, etc.
2. To give training for the villagers for water conservation.
3.To train the Villagers on natural farming without spoiling the fertility of the soil.
SWALAMBAN PRASIKSHANA KENDRA (Community Development Resource Center) Concept:
Establishing a practicable model Village with essential livelihood opportunities which helps them to earn their livelihood in their own GREEN village. This includes preparing field inputs, producing food grains, Vegetables, milk etc and market these things as ready to use products.
Instilling confidence in trainees to take farming as their successful livelihood when they are back to their village. They will be able to earn using the methods they have learned inthe center. These trainees also will be catalyst in their respective locality for more people to adopt this concept.
Location of the project:
The project is located in Semmankudi village , Kumbakonam taluk of the Tanjore district which is basically an agrarian district and is called as the Grannary (Store House of Grains) of Tamilnadu.
1. The Farmers (through them the entire Village) from the Ekal Vidyalaya Villages in Tamilnadu (As on date 880 villages).
2. Small farmers from the villages of Thanjavur, Thiruvarur & Nagapattinam districts.
Method of Training:
Long Term course of two years & Short term Course of 10 days.
Long Term course:
Duration = Two years Residential
No of Trainees = Twenty boys from the Ekal Villages who has Agricultural interest in the age group of 15 to 18 , having basic education.
Course fee = NIL, But they will earn while learn
Curriculum = First Year
1. Imparting knowledge on Cow rearing and in all the cow related produces like Vermicomposed, medicines out of Cow’s urine and dung, Vibhuthi (sacred ash), Bio gas and other farm inputs etc.
2. Natural farming.
3. Ploughing and leveling with bullocks.
4. Food processing & Preservation to the local need like Paddy boiling and rice milling and flaking
5. Seed preservation
6. Azola cultivation (An Algae variety which is used in paddy cultivation to enrich the field and to control weeds and also used as food for cows).
7. Vegetable & Herbal Cultivation techniques
1. Training Center Management:
Sri. K. Kannan, will be the coordinator of the Training Center. He is a volunteer of the Ekal Movement. He has rich experience in the field of natural farming and is committed to work for up-liftment of Villages through Natural farming .He is assisted by Sri.Sivasubramanyam. a fulltime worker of Ekal with deep knowledge about the subject. This team will get periodical training from the National Training Center at Mumbai.
2. Financial Management:
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India through Friends of Tribals Society (National Chapter) is providing the initial funds for the project. The remaining funds are to be managed by local resources from the state through organizations like FTS etc.
3. Present Position at Kumbakonam:
Land around 4 acres have been acquired in Kumbakonam in the name of Friends of Tribals Society.Constuction plan is ready and vasthu pooja is planned on 25th January-2010.The land is being fenced and the water source is ready with borewell already in place.An adhoc committee is formed to manage the work. The Local Managing Committee is to formed involving the local important people.After the Vasthu pooja the building work to be started immediately so that the course can start by April â€“ 2010.