Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Illiterate grandmothers are solar engineers

It doesn't mean that you need to go to the university to do clever things.  It also doesn't mean that if you had a degree from the university, you can do clever things.  You want to do something useful and even technical?  Then learn it from the illiterate grandmothers of Rajasthan, India.  They are "graduates" from the" Barefoot College" founded by Bunker Roy.

These "graduates" are ordinary rural folks, including illiterate grandmothers.  Whether the government wants to recognize their abilities or not, it doesn't matter.  The most important fact is that they are competent in the things they do.  They are the real solar engineers, artisans, dentists and even doctors.

Presenting Bunker Roy, explaining how this is possible.

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