Bob Gliner, Documentary filmmaker

group of women at barefoot college

children outside at barefoot college

group of children at barefoot college

women outside at barefoot college

man tilling ground with oxen pulling

women with goats

Barefoot College
(28 minutes)

Barefoot College, examines a unique community based education program in rural India.   While seemingly far removed from the American experience, it offers telling lessons for how the current debate around educational reform might be focused and curriculum transformed in the United States.

When we think about schools in the United States, we generally think of places separated from the larger community, places where students go to learn.  Like government schools in India, much of what is taught often seems to have little relationship to the problems students face in their day to day lives.   In contrast, at Barefoot College, located in the Indian State of Rajasthan, education takes place off campus, in nearby impoverished villages, among all age groups, with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum intimately encompassing rural village life and the issues villagers must grapple with.   This cross-cultural documentary offers powerful insights not only in terms of addressing world poverty, but changing possible education outcomes here at home.

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