Barefoot College : The 'Ordinary' Is Extrordinary

Courtesy Of Barefoot College

Courtesy Of Barefoot College

A concept beginning in the late 1960's, the 'Barefoot College' was unsystematically founded by a group of highly educated individuals in India looking for alternate ways of living, thinking and implementing rural solutions - with sustainability in mind. Overtime, the 'educated professionals' were forced to leave, and replaced by locals living off nothing, but rich in eagerness to learn and succeed. Incorporating basic skills and traditional knowledge as it's foundation, Barefoot College is integrating modern scientific knowledge with rural communities to meet their needs. Now, solar electricity, filtered water and health care education can be readily available to support poverty-stricken farmers, landless peasants, rural artisans, women, children and tribes. Their motivation is "to work with marginalized, exploited and impoverished rural poor, living on less than $1 a day, and lift them over the poverty line with dignity and self respect." - Barefoot College. This inspiring place is a centre of learning and unlearning, the learner is a teacher and they are showing the world what is possible if 'poor' people have the possibility to develop.

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