Our VISION is to rebuild a great nation by EDUCATING the UNDERPRIVILEGED through value based learning!
What we do
Our MISSION is to build accessible, sustainable learning ecosystems to produce self-evolving, responsible social leaders capable of taking initiatives and driving positive changes in the society, for every citizen to live with dignity, self-respect and integrity.
To provide a kind of learning that is experiential and not only informational comprising of "life-skills", "emotional" and "intellectual" development for survival skills, personal, social wellbeing and competitive needs, to the:
(A) Children of economically backward section;
(B) Skill development for the adults to improve their employability.
Every child is special with unique capabilities; they all deserve to be successful and happy. So, we are on a mission to build happy people, who care for self and others.
Our LEARNING ECOSYSTEM is designed based on three core principles:
(A) To meet the vision and mission of Ek-Asha without compromising the core values (Integrity, Commitment, Quality, Dignity and Transparency);
(B) To involve, partner or hire the subject mater experts in order to achieve the objective - essentially, not to reinvent the wheel;
(C) To involve people and organization from all walks of life - It's a peoples movement and should be driven by the people. When people participate and contribute, they feel good, they get attached, they become responsible and the goodness spreads across - the sole objective of Ek-Asha.
We learn from observing things around us, textbook based learning merely helps us to memorise and perhaps score good marks but hardly gives us the learning that is required for the life. Ex: Following traffic rules - everyone knows the rules and write appropriately in exams, but they all follow, exactly what they see happening around. In essence, Learning is experiential not informational!
Many of these underprivileged, street students come from a stressful environment and the first thing that needs to be done is to change their environment. So, at Ek-Asha, we feel the need to keep the students in a Gurukul system while providing the best of the modern education systems (such as the Theme-Based education system) to holistically improve their lives.
Students between class 1 and 10 live together in a residential school environment, to practice what they study, learn community living and imbibe life-skills. Ek-Asha is not planning to provide residential schooling environment for the vocational and skill development adults.
Our STUDENT-CENTRIC methodology is designed on fundamentals of learning where,
(A) Inquisitiveness, continuous seeking and harmony are the norm.
(B) Interests are encouraged and fostered to develop into passion, at individual pace.
(C) Inner potentials are unleashed and they are taught to complement others but not compete.
(D) Dreaming is encouraged beyond constraints and given skills to realize it.
(E) "Practice makes a man perfect" - practice not just on pen and paper but to make it a way of life or way of being.
Shifting the focus to a student centric system:
- "Everyone is genius! But if you judge a fish on it’s ability to climb a tree, It will live it’s whole life believing it’s stupid" – Albert Einstein
- "If a child can’t learn the way we teach, we need to teach the way a child could learn".
What would happen if there were no Moon?
A good question leads to deeper understanding and has the potential to change the world. Learning starts when we acknowledge, "We don't know, what we don't know!" and begin to seek for that, which we don't know.
Inquisitiveness leads to question(s); A good quality question leads to seeking; Seeking leads to learning.
Learning at Ek-Asha ensures holistic development, not just academic or intellectual.
At a minimum, every living species should understand their body (both it's potential and limitations) and be able to take care of the same. Then comes the learning of emotions, intellect, social, cultural aspects and goes on to seeking of something they like. It could be science, music, spirituality, history, architecture, farming…etc.
This endows the individual with a well-rounded character and personality development, which then, enables individuals to take real-life situations with equanimity.
India is a place of rich cultural heritage and traditional practices, values. They define our identity and a strong sense of identity brings in self-respect and belongingness. When such are practiced with festivity, it has always brought in the joy-of-living and social harmony.
At the same time as the global economy and mass communication presents cultural diversities at a rapid pace, the adaptation to modern lifestyle has taken many away from the traditional cultural practices and a sense of acceptance to one another as it should have been.
These are the two aspects that will be practiced:
A) Practice cultural diversity for adaptation in the changing world, develop mutual respect and acceptance to one another's life-style, belief... etc. for a harmonious life.
B) Practice local culture and traditions to appreciate and take pride in one's culture and traditions for improved self-respect, dignity and harmony.
An 18-year-old is allowed to vote and decide the fate of the country, could marry and expected to take full responsibility of self and new life to come but is not equipped to decide on their own career options or choose a life partner or manage personal finances, relationships or in many cases even skilled to make a living in adverse life situation. It is critically important to ensure they are prepared to take such responsibilities at this age.
The making or becoming a responsible citizen is a deliberate effort and doesn’t happen merely by accident on one fine day when a child turns in to an 18-year-old adult. The training of such vital skills has to start at an earlier age, should be practiced and evaluated from time to time.
‘Life Skills’ refers to the skills one would need to make the most out of life. It basically enables to make best use of all the available resources (knowledge, tools, relationship, communication... etc.) to excel in the everyday life and difficult life situations.
Ek-Asha has developed a 10 point skill set that every 18 year old must know to lead a responsible life.
Learning takes place everywhere rather than just in the confines of traditionally enclosed classrooms.
Ek-Asha has carefully planned the entire learning ecosystem to facilitate learning at ease through the day-to-day living, starting from philological, intellectual and behavioral development to collaboration through team events, expense management, designing their own classroom, hostel, garden to deciding the food menu to practicing cultural diversities, sports and many more.