Akshaya Vidya (AV) is a project of Ekalavya Foundation started in 2013 and is aimed at comprehensive development of slum Dwellers with special focus on Educational needs of children; employment opportunities of semi literate youth; health, hygiene and other social aspects of their living.
A particular mention may be made about educational and economic opportunities of the children of these slum dwellers. Since most of the slum dwellers are illiterate, making a living as daily wage labourers, are unable to take care of their children’s’ educational needs, Ekalavya Foundation has initiated AkshayaVidya Project in slums to help these children in getting quality educational support. According to one estimate there are about 1000+ slums in Greater Hyderabad Municipal area.
Ekalavya Foundation was established in 2006. It’s main thrust is enhancing the standard of living of tribal communities in Adilabad through sustained Developmental interventions.
In its 9 years of existence, Ekalavya Foundation has taken up many initiatives in the fields of Education, livelihoods and Health of people living in ITDA Utnoor. Many innovative and socially beneficial projects were taken up with active participation and cooperation of communities.
History of Akshaya Vidya Project
The Akshaya Vidya Program of Ekalavya Foundation was started with the determination of one individual, Mr. Prasad Tentu to provide better education opportunities to the children of poor and illiterate parents. With his father himself a daily wage earner, Prasad knew well what extraordinary efforts were required for him to reach the level he had.
Having started in 2011 with 4 children and himself as the Tutor, Akshaya Vidya has grown today to a stage where in the academic year of 2021-2022, 127 Akshaya Vidya Learning Centers (AVLCs) with around 4000 children are functioning in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medchal and Adilabad districts of Telangana.
Ekalavya Foundation’ s AKSHAYA VIDYA project aspires to transform the lives of children in slums with the power of education. The vision of Akshaya Vidya is a society where every child has access to quality education irrespective of the family background and is able to grow to his / her full potential. A dedicated academic team teaches basics of English, Telugu and Math to the target group of children – 1st – 6th classes. Often the teachers are from local communities, who are themselves, beneficiaries of education, acting as inspirational role models.
Leveraging technology and using creative methods, we create an enjoyable learning environment for children so that they develop an intellectual curiosity and confidence to pursue their dreams.
We, at Akshaya Vidya, believe that each one of us wants to create a better world and therefore are working with the motto – “No Child is Left Behind”.
Quality education support to slum dwelling children and skill development to eligible youth enabling them to transform their lives for better. Wish to see slum residents improve their economic and social wellbeing by participating in modern and emerging economic opportunities and living with dignity and honour.