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“..lack of modern education or not understanding English has never come in the way of these people learning how to use a computer. Be it a 10-year-old girl or a 60-year-old man, they take to computers as humans take to swimming and cycling."
There is no limit to learning online; the Internet is full of information—all one needs is a thirst for knowledge
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While African Development Bank has targeted 75 million decentralized renewable connections in its plan to achieve universal energy access by 2025, India has its sights on 40 GW of rooftop solar and 10,000 mini-grids to achieve “24/7 Power for All” by 2019.
Barefoot Women in Togo | Image: Barefoot College In 2017, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will hold its annual meeting in India for the first time. The AfDB has targeted 75 million decentralized renewable connections in its plan to achieve universal energy access by 2025, while India has its sights on 40 GW of rooftop solar and 10,000 mini-grids in its bid to achieve “24/7 Power for All” by 2019. Imagine the learnings that the tw...
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At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities... a solar mama enjoying moments at our college.
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Read what happened when an SBI Youth For India fellow, living on campus, decides to alleviate intergenerational cycles of poor health!
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unfold your own myth
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"Once the team accounted for all this, they found that solar panels made today are responsible, on average, for around 20 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour of energy they produce over their lifetime..."
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Solar mamas published in the Myanmar National News!
TOKYO: In a village in the interior Kota Marudu district of Sabah, a 47-year-old illiterate grandmother and rubber tapper is now a solar engineer.
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Reminding you that One Voice can change the world.
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TOKYO - They're illiterate, uneducated and live at least 10km from a power grid. Meet the 'solar mamas', an affectionate term Barefoot College founder Mr Sanjit "Bunker" Roy uses to describe the numerous women that have benefited from his programme. For 40 years, with the collaboration of non-government organisations, Mr Roy has been quietly packing women onto planes to Rajasthan, India, where they stay for six months to learn how to harness so...
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This contribution platform enables education to the children of migratory labourers who belong to the lowest caste of untouchables in Rajasthan, India. They are the first of their generation to attend school. A one year course at the Bridge Residential School provides them with the possibility of joining a state school where they may build an autonomous and self-determined life.
WHY DONATE FOR EDUCATION? Uneducated children are helpless and will remain so. Children want to help themselves. They only need a chance. If you donate for education you give back what you once received: A chance.
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SBI Fellows at our college designed this Solar Powered Projector to propose insight into the gender disparity in school attendance, and why boys are 20% more likely to attend class: http://buff.ly/2j1Jr4T
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Barefoot College is a non-governmental organization that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities for more than 40 years, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable. These ‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorized into the delivery of Solar Electrification, Clean Water, Education, Livelihood Development, and Activism. With a geographic focus on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), we believe strongly in Empowering Women as agents of sustainable change.