Posted by Ashram News Reporter on February 18, 2002

The news of the third proceeding to take place in Navasaari Ashram of the 1st PVAF/Gujaraat Taalukaa Conference on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 has made prajaapatio all over the world very happy. This conference is to initiate the setting up and implementation of the PVAF GUJARAAT EDUCATION PROGRAM to empower each and every prajaapati in gujaraat to get education which will give him/her the greatest opportunity to prosper. This was followed by the news that PVAF has been blessed with a Rs 300,000 initial corporate donations in Alberta for PVAF Gujaraat Education Program.  

In the main story of this news item please read the details of the needs and program study the prajaapatio in gujaraat will have to undertake and complete to enable PVAF to partner the implementation of the PVAF Gujaraat Education Program.....PVAF is appealing to all prajaapatio in the world to input in the visioning as it is your own future that you are creating from the lands of prajaapati roots..... Please send your input to PVAF GUJARAAT EDUCATION PROGRAM, Prajaapati Vishva Aashram.

We all say pranaam to shree chandrakant dahyabhai lad of Calgary, Canada who is representing PVAF at this conference and all the prajaapatio who have participated in the conference so far and alos to all the prajaapatio who are represented by the attendees of the conference. This is an undertaking of a unimaginable magnitude and future impact and we all pray to bhagvaan to guide us on the right path in days to come.....   




The following is the VISIONING of PVAF for PVAF GUJARAAT EDUCATION PROGRAM. This has been prepared in consultation with a number of prajaapatio in gujaraat and outside gujaraat over the last two years: 

1.      The conference agenda for the start of the PVAF/Gujaraat Taalukaa Conference on February 10, 2002 is all that is required to get the program going.

It is going to take quite some time to determine the needs and program needed by prajaapatio in gujaraat. Logically that should be focused on first and not how the funds are to be managed and program run when we do not have a program and we do not have funds. 

Management of the funds and program will be determined after the needs are evaluated and funds are raised to meet the needs. 

The present SPIEA is adequate to start doing the needs and program development study. PVAF can contribute partly for this study if specialist and qualified people are need to this this needs and development study. However, PVAF would prefer that local funds are used to do this study as that will show that prajaapatio in gujaraat are really interested as primary stakeholders in this education program by proving their needs and program with their own effort. 

A program that is envisioned by PVAF is very large. Therefore it has to be planned and strategize properly before any PVAF funds goes to the program. This is important for all PVAF donors as they must have the confidence that their hard earned money is actually being property used to the intent for which they donated. For this assurance to PVAF donors, PVAF and prajaapatio in gujaraat must plan, develop and implement in a very professional manner the PVAF Gujaraat Education Program. 

Therefore the activities of Items  2 to 4 are recommended to be implemented first prior to setting up the structure, protocol and procedures to implement the PVAF GUJARAAT EDUCATION PROGRAM.

Even if we had 1 karor rupees now in our hands, without the Items 2 to 4 being completed, that money will be useless and probably wasted if spent without proper planning and development and strategy for implementation.   

2.      What is required from prajaapatio in gujaraat is answers to these simple questions:

a)      Why does prajapati samaj in gujaraat has such a low level of educated persons in its community? This is a historic fact: prajaapatio are always in labour class from generations to generations….look at other gnaatio..they are always prospering and venturing into new economy….

b)      Is the low level of education resulting into a high level of poverty among prajaapatio because prajaapatio cannot get high paying jobs, which requires education? 

c)      Determine the present state of education and poverty in the prajapaati family, gaam and taalukaa by the following:

                                                             i.        Survey in each gaam to determine the level of education in each family in the gaam.

                                                           ii.        Why the level of education is low? Why so many in the family has not completed secondary education, which is the minimum, required today. And then why so many in the family have not gone to technical college or university to get some certified profession?

                                                          iii.        It is a fact that prajaapatio are not giving priority to education. What are the barriers in our community, which does not make us, believe in education: eg. May be there is no awareness of importance and value of education, May be there is no organization to counsel. May be there is no means to even get counseling….

                                                         iv.        Why do we not fight for education rather than stay in poverty? Is it because we do not have knowledge about social and political means to do this?

                                                           v.        How come educated prajaapatio do not participate in prajaapati samaaj and give samaaj sevaa as their dharma to uplift their fellow prajaapatio who are living in illiteracy and poverty?

d)       After we find answers to the above, then the biggest question is: DOES EACH AND EVERY PRAJAAPATI IN GUJARAT WANTS TO EDUCATE HIMSELF/HERSELF?

 e)      If the answer is YES, then determine all that is going to be required in the EDUCATION PROGRAM TO EDUCATE EACH AND EVERY PRAJAAPATI IN GUJARAT. This would include but not limited to:

                                       i.     What is available from local school authorities and the gujaraat government for education at kindergarten, primary, secondary, university and adult education levels? Is it sufficient to educate all prajaapatio in each of the five levels?

                                      ii.     If not, then what is that has to be added to the gujaraat government system by prajaapatio themselves at each of the five levels?

                                    iii.     How what and how much resource is available from each prajaapati family and each gaam and each samaj in gujaraat. From this each taalukaa can have its own estimate.

                                    iv.     Determine what and how much will be needed from PVAF in each taalukaa.

3.      Based on Item 2 above, PVAF, in co-operation with all prajaapatio in gujaraat and outside gujaraat, can start developing the Education Program needed and the financial, human and all other resources needed to EDUCATE EACH AND EVERY PRAJAAPATI IN GUJARAAT.

4.      Along with the development in Item 3 above, PVAF can then start discussions as to how the GUJARAAT EDUCATION PROGRAM will be implemented through proper organization at gaam, samaaj and taalukaa level.   This will include but not be limited to the following:

                                 i.            Each taalukaa may need a separate education program because each taalukaa may have different education system and also different economy. The education program should be designed to provide employment in the local industry as a first priority. The education should also be such that one should be able to get employment elsewhere in the district or in gujaraat or in bhaarat.

                               ii.            Determine how the available education funds at any time can be allocated on the basis of urgency of need and the best return on the funds spend.

                              iii.            Determine a long-term strategy and plan to make funds and resources available to each and every prajaapati in gujaraat.

                             iv.            Determine how the education fund would stay evergreen – means it will never be drawn down to zero. Some of the ways are:

·        Continuing aggressive fund-raising among the community, outside the community, businesses, governments and any other viable sources with various kinds of fund-raising campaigns running throughout the year;

·        Investment of the funds in balance for a safe and good return;

·        As samaaj sevaa each person receiving help should believe it his/her dharma to contribute a minimum of twice of what one received during his/her lifetime.

·        Use the resources of our traditional extended and joint family system for education. This is not new to any prajapati in the world. This was the way prajaapatio have ben using to provide support for families and extended families immigrating to other countries from gujaraat for the last 200 years.

 PVAF has presently 941,000 rupees in the Gujaraat Education Fund. There are lots of prajaapati samajo outside gujaraat who have the ability to add to this present PVAF fund. That is why PVAF has suggested a starting fund of 1 karor rupees per year. This yearly fund will have to increase ultimately to meet the actual need that will be known from Items 2 to 4 above.

All of the above steps should be undertaken with proper allocation of personnel, resources and to meet definite target dates.

The above was compiled by:

Champaklaal daajibhaai mistry
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
A Volunteer for Program and Web Site Development
Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation

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