What We Have Achieved
**As on October 26, 2020
Established in the year 1989 at Kolkata, Friends of Tribals Society (FTS) is a non – government and voluntary organisation committed towards upliftment of the underprivileged rural and tribal masses in India. It is providing five-fold education namely Functional Literacy, Health Care / Arogya, Development Education / Gramothan, Empowerment, Ethics & Value Education / Sanskar. Our activities have been acknowledged with the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize 2017 handed over by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind along with the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi at a glittering function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 26th February 2019.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
I visited a village in Andhra Pradesh where I was invited to visit a One Teacher School –One Teacher taking class upto Class 5 to 10 students. I went there at 7’ oclock in the evening and it was a full moon night, the teachers got all the students outside with a blackboard started explaining about moon and significance of full moon…..this is Creative Education, Creative Classroom, Creative Teacher and Creative Environment. This is the type of environment we should create.
Shri Ramnath Kovind
The Ekal Abhiyan Trust helps 2.2.million children among them more than 52 percent of girl child participation out of presently rolled out children – with the access to education. Many of its initiatives benefit tribal communities; all of its initiatives are a tribute to the Mahatma Gandhi and his vision.
Shri Narendra Modi
Education is strong means to empowerment and Ekal Abhiyan Trust is working in remote areas, so that children from tribal families get the opportunity to study. The role in furthering women empowerment is laudatory. Congratulations to them for the Gandhi Peace Prize, 2017.
Smt Nirmala Sitharaman
The little episode with boys and girls from an Ekal School gives you one little message, learning even arithmetic has to blend with lot of joy, dancing and singing and doing other things.
The Union Health Minister appreciates EKAL for successfully tackling Corona Pandemic.
Dr (Smt) Prema Pandurang
Since its inception I came to know about good work FTS is doing in tribal area. All of us have to do some daan & the greatest daan is Vidyadaan that is something which makes a life of a person meaningful and purposeful. I am so happy that FTS like a banyan tree is spreading its leaves far wide and lakhs of underprivileged children are having the benefit of education.
Sri Sajjan Bhajanka
I am associated with FTS from its inception. Ekal Vidyalaya is lighting a lamp to curb the curse of illiteracy from thousands of tribal children across India. This is the highest form of service to nation in my opinion.
Sri Siddharth Jain
Such a huge organization serving more than 55,000 villages across India. The work FTS is doing is unique and needs to be supported. It’s about a way of life improving the quality of life for our future generation and clearly education is extremely important. Ekal Vidyalaya is a brilliant institution and they are doing such a great work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also recognized this institution. We are extremely proud of our association and we are definitely going to make it a long run.
Sri Kishore Biyani
I have been participating in what work FTS is doing and I wish that everyone should participate in helping them to do what they have sought themselves to achieve.
Sri Ajay Parimal
FTS is doing very humane service. First of all, it is dealing with tribals and adivasis who till now have been segregated from the main stream of Country. If India has to progress then we have to bring them into our main stream. If you believe that it is important that India grows then people have to take part in growth stories and education is the only mean for this growth.
Sri Sajan Kumar Bansal
I went for Vanyatra in the Gumla Village of Jharkhand initially as a donor. I was so happy to see children studying in FTS schools with such concentration and dedication and was impressed with the work that FTS is doing. My association with FTS became deeper and presently I am working President of FTS.