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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Barefoot College at Tilonia

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The Barefoot College at Tilonia in Ajmer district of Rajasthan state of India is a glaring example of Community Efforts for Sustainable Development. Previously known as Social Work Research Centre, or SWRC, the Barefoot College was founded in 1972 with a vision that rural problems can be solved by the community itself. The college uses village knowledge and local skills to address problems of drinking water, girls' education, health and sanitation, rural unemployment, income generation, electricity and power. The college also addresses issues of social awareness and conservation of ecological systems and serves a population of over 125,000 people in an area covering 500 square miles and 100 villages.




Image 1: Barefoot 


The Barefoot College began in 1972 with the conviction that solutions to rural problems lie within the community.




Image 2: The  unique architecture of the Barefoot College
(courtesy Pinkpinkmoon.live.journal.com}

The College addresses problems of drinking water, girl education, health & sanitation, rural unemployment, income generation, electricity and power, as well as social awareness and the conservation of ecological systems in rural communities.