Title: College students visit Ekal schools in Gujarat

Participants:  Gaurav Bhargava – 19 years old and student of Rutgers University

Rushil Desai – 18 Years old and student of Rutgers University

Apurva Gandhi – 19 years old and student of New Jersey Institute of Technology

Anish Parameshwaran – 19 years old and student of New Jersey Institute of Technology

Rishi Shah – 19 years old and student of Wesleyan University

Samir Sheth – 18 years old and student of Rutgers University


Abstract


Introduction

New Jersey based students visited multiple Ekal schools, with the objective of getting a firsthand experience of how the schools are functioning.

Project details

A group of 6 boys visited 9 schools in the Saputara and Ankleshwar districts in the summer of 2008 over a period of 8 days, participating in their classes, playing games, singing and dancing. It was a very interactive experience that opened up new horizons of great potential.

Results

The experience the students had helped them gain a much better appreciation of the Ekal mission. This will be the first step in building a bridge of understanding between children of Indian origin here and the children back home

Conclusion

There is a potential to take this model and replicate this many times over by facilitating visits by children of Indian origin in the US and other countries to Ekal schools in India, with the support of coordinators/karyakartas. This will be a true Sethubandhan – building a bridge of understanding, thus catapulting this wonderful movement onto the next generation.
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