The College benefits the poorest of the poor who have no alternatives.
The College encourages practical knowledge and skills rather than paper qualifications through a learning by doing process of education.
The College was entirely built by Barefoot Architects. The campus spreads over 80,000 square feet area and consists of residences, a guest house, a library, dining room, meeting halls, an open air theatre, an administrative block, a ten-bed referral base hospital, pathological laboratory, teacher's training unit, water testing laboratory, a Post Office, STD/ISD call booth, a Craft Shop and Development Centre, an Internet dhaba (cafe), a puppet workshop, an audio visual unit, a screen printing press, a dormitory for residential trainees and a 700,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank. The College is also completely solar-electrified.
The College serves a population of over 125,000 people both in immediate as well as distant areas.
So long as the process leads to the good and welfare of all; so long as problems of discrimination, injustice, exploitation and inequalities are addresssed directly or indirectly; so long as the poor, the deprived and the dispossessed feel its a place they can talk, be heard with dignity and respect, be trained and be given the tools and the skills to improve their own lives the immediate relevance of the Barefoot College to the global poor will always be there.
The belief of the Barefoot College is that development programmes do NOT need urban-based professionals because para-professionals already exist in the villages whose widom, knowledge and skills are neither identified, mobilized nor applied just because they do not have an educational qualification.
This belief was put into practice 33 years ago in all the develiopment programme dealing with improving the quality of life.
We should start by stating who SHOULD NOT participate in the Barefoot College:
those who hold paper degrees and call themselves experts.
those who hide behind these degrees and qualifications and are unable to work with their hands.
those who lack the courage to take risks,to innovate,to take the initiative because there are so many reasons why it will go wrong.
The people who should participate are:
those who are drop outs,cop outs,wash outs and rejected by society because they cannot pass an exam and show a degree next to their name.
those who have no possibility of getting the lowest of the low government job.They have no choice but to stay and the investment in the training is not wasted.
They will earn the respect of the communities they serve because of the service they will provide.
The Director The Barefoot College, Village Tilonia, via Madanganj, District Ajmer Rajasthan 305816, INDIA ph+91 (0)1463- 288204, FAX +91 (0)1463-288206
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