Ekal Abhiyan to empower neglected

Published: 15th June 2013 10:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2013 10:37 AM   |  A+A-

Friends of Tribal Society (FTS), a NGO, is promoting education, healthcare, development and empowerment of tribal communities.

Speaking to Express, Kanhiyalal Rathi, president of FTS (Karnataka), said, “India lives in villages and most of the neglected sections are deprived of even basic education, health, employment facilities. To help the neglected communities, FTS has come up with Ekal Abhiyan, a single teacher concept.”

“From our survey, we identify places to open schools and train people from the community in informal education. They will also learn about healthcare, village development and empowerment,” he said.

Rathi added, “It is not necessary for us to have big buildings to provide good education. We promote education. We conduct classes for children between 6 and 14 years old anywhere under trees, open field, and under tin shed. Our main focus will be on value-based education.”

In the state, FTS has established 1,530 schools, of which 24,678 are tribal students from Mysore, Chamrajpet, Gundlupet, Kadur, Hassan, Bidar, Gulbarga, Bagalkot, Gangavathi and Khanapur.

People who want to contribute to adopt villages can contact Friends of Tribal Society, Head office, #19, Ganga Prasad Mukherjee Road, Kolkata. In Bangalore C/o Mangalaya Developers Kedia Arcade, #92, Basement Infantry Road or call 080 25320064. Also one can mail to, or visit

Play on Swami Vivekananda 

To raise funds to educate underprivileged children, FTS will be organise a Hindi play on the life of Swami Vivekananda at Chowdiah Memorial Hall at 6 pm on July 5.

Visit or call 9448371772.

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