New perspectives for the students
Barefoot College in Tilonia was founded in 1972 and has been supported by Dagmar Tschurtschenthaler since 2012. Over the years much has changed the lives of the children and young people attending the College in many ways.
- Students receive a solid basic education. Often they are the first generation in their families who have learned how to read, write and count and how to communicate in both Hindi and English. With these skills students are in an excellent position to lead a self-determined life.
- Students can train for a job and earn a living. Those who return to their village community after attending a night school do so as empowered individuals.
- Students broaden their horizons. They do not only learn about the world. They also experience it. They participate in the Children’s Parliament and find out how a post office and a bank works.
- Students’ health improves considerably. Through regular health checks and improved water supply, they are less often ill and less severely ill.
We have also observed how the College impacts on students’ lives in other important ways:
- Students take responsibility for what happens in their home villages because they are often the only ones who can read and write. This boosts their self-confidence enormously.
- Students exert a positive influence on their entire family. At College they learn about hygiene standards, good nutrition and social skills. At home they impart this knowledge to their families.