TALKS with Bunker Roy: Learning from a barefoot movement / Apprendre d’un mouvement va-nu-pied

Watch this video, 19.08 minutes, published on, posted October 2011.

(french below): In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.

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French: A Rajasthan, en Inde, une école hors du commun forme hommes et femmes venant de milieux ruraux – illettrés pour la plupart – pour devenir ingénieurs en énergie solaire, artisans, dentistes et docteurs dans leur propre villages. Elle s’appelle l’Université des Va-nu-pied.

Links: More videos with Bunker Roy on YouTube; and by TED talks/ list.

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