Barefoot College: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Did you know that one of the UN’s sustainable development goals is the eradication of poverty by the 2030 agenda?
October 20th is Poverty Eradication Day and in our T.E.O. School we have discussed this global problem.
Education is one of the gears that can end this problem. We have discussed that the poorer you are, the fewer human rights you have: you have no access to education, to health care, to a minimum wage, to politics… in the end everything revolves around this fact. Therefore, one of the ways to eradicate it is through education, and it is something that is very important to transmit to students. In other words, education means training, and in terms of employment, and so on.
Barefoot College is a foundation in Rajasthan (India) that provides access to education for rural men and women. This extraordinary school has made, and still makes, people who have not had the opportunity to become literate to become solar engineers, craftsmen, dentists and doctors in their own villages. Its founder, Bunker Roy, explains that education is about your needs: these people want and need to be trained in things that really suit and contribute to the society they live in. That is why, for example, one of the most significant projects of the school is to learn about energy, a very necessary subject because there they can supply themselves with the sun and take advantage of solar energy.
This leaves a very interesting debate open: education can and must be adapted to the needs of each society, it is about literacy and that gives power. Obviously, when the first world helps with resources, such as food donations, it’s fine, but we have to start doing it in a different way: those resources are limited and they run out, what matters and can help in the long run is knowledge. Knowledge empowers.
We leave you with Bunker Roy’s TED talk about this very interesting school.