Friday, January 09, 2009

A day on Jagriti Yatra - Tiloniya, Rajasthan

Bunker Roy @ Barefoot College #Jagritiyatra on TwitPic Kids welcome @ Tiloniya #Jagritiyatra on TwitPic
Dhol Manjira @ Tiloniya #Jagritiyatra on TwitPic @Jagritiyatra - Barefoot engineers in Tiloniya working on sol... on TwitPic

[Low res snaps - clicked and uploaded via mobile]

Today, the yatris on Tata Jagriti Yatra visited the barefoot college at Tiloniya, Rajasthan. The Yatris were delighted with the warm welcome by the villagers with Dhol, Manjira and Shankh. There was so much energy all around where Yatris danced their way to the pandal. After a short introduction and tea session, Yatris moved to see the solar energy projects in the village, village craft manufacturing units etc.

After lunch, Yatris walked through the fields to the Barefoot college campus and were addressed by Bunker Roy after which the Yatris went shopping at the village craft center.

[Introduction from the Barefoot college website]

The Barefoot College is a place of learning and unlearning. It's a place where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher. It's a place where NO degrees and certificates are given because in development there are no experts-only resource persons. It's a place where people are encouraged to make mistakes so that they can learn humility, curiosity, the courage to take risks, to innovate, to improvise and to constantly experiment. It's a place where all are treated as equals and there is no hierarchy.

So long as the process leads to the good and welfare of all; so long as problems of discrimination, injustice, exploitation and inequalities are addressed 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.

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