Frequently Asked Questions

About Ekal Vidyalaya

What is Ekal Vidyalaya?

Single Teacher School running in informal ways with emphasis on

  • Primary Education
  • Basic Health & Hygiene Education
  • Economic Development Education
  • Social Empowerment Eudction

How may schools Ekal currently has?

27,114 Schools

813,420 Students

(As of August 2008)

What is Arogya?

In the health education concept, we aim to impart:

1. Health education

2. Preventive measures

3. Mother-child care

4. Curative treatment of general diseases

5. A referral service for serious cases

What do students learn in Ekal Vidyalaya?

  • Math
  • Science
  • Vyayam (Physical Fitness)
  • Sanskar (Moral Values)
  • Emphasis on 3Rs, Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic

Do we follow some kind of gradation system in the Ekal Schools?

There is a 3-year curriculum followed in all the Ekal Schools. Kids are separated out into 3 groups based on ability and grade level.

Why does India need Ekal Vidyalayas when there is government schooling?

Ekal Vidyalay supplement government schooling, govenement schools face cultural, work and language barriers

Can I start a school with my parent's name or any other name?

Yes, it is possible. A sticker with the donor's name printed and is sent to the school to be pasted on the sign board.

Is Ekal affilated with any religion


How much Ekal Vidyalayas run on? How?


Our inspiration

Swami Vivekananda, through his writings

Source: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda by Swami Vivekananda

Volume 4, Writings: Prose

What is the adminstrative cost involved in this project?

Only 10% of the money donated by the donor is used for adminstrative cost. The rest of the amount is spent towards running the School and Teacher Training.

What do children do upon completion of the three year Ekal Vidyalaya curriculum?

Graduates from the Ekal Vidyalaya program often chose one of three options:

  • Formal government schooling
  • Continue, private, primary schooling
  • An Ekal Vidyalaya weekly refresher class

About Ekal's Progress

How may schools Ekal currently has?

27,114 Schools

813,420 Students

(As of August 2008)

What states are these schools in?

All state of India. Complete list at

Does Ekal have schools in my state?

Check info at

Ekal Vidyalaya Chapters worldwide




South Africa



Hong Kong

New Zealand



Complete info at

Ways to Support

Is Ekal Vidyalaya a registered non-profit?

Yes, it's a 501 (c) (3) Tax-Exempt organization. Ekal Vidyalaya's Tax ID# is 77-0554248

How do I donate?

  • Online
  • Pay by check
  • Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #12279
  • Employer Matching
  • Participate
  • Volunteer
  • Spread the word
  • Join

Whom should I make check payable to?

Please make checks payable to "Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA". The recipt will be issued from the main office in Houston.

How do I make online payment?

Info for Donors

When are schools allocated?

Schools are being allotted to the donor twice in a year; in month April (Ram Navami) & October (Deepavali). If you made contribution in August 2008, your school will be allocated in October (Deepavali)

If I have donated to Ekal, how do I know where the donation is used?

  • Access to the school info on website with donor id and password
  • Pictures, names and contact information
  • Annual Report for school
  • Annual Financial statement

Vanyatra – visiting your school in India

You can visit the school you sponsor in India by arranging a vanyatra

Other Activities

Great Teacher Lecture Series, etc

What other activites Ekal Does?

Ekal Marathon visit

Where do I get more information about its events?

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