Day School Programme

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

We emphasize a hands-on, learning-by-doing approach and focus on poor, isolated communities in order to tackle social norms regarding gender and access to education. A deep appreciation for the Rural Hero lies at the heart of our curricula, as does admiration for traditional livelihoods such as weavers, bone setters and midwives. With this combination of traditional wisdom and practical skills, we empower children to become active participants and leaders in their communities. Since its inception in 1988 as an experimental primary school on our campus in Tilonia, Rajasthan, our day school programme has grown to include nearly 500 children (including 203 girls) in partnership with Shiksha Niketan school. Although teachers follow the same curriculum as governmental primary schools, the Barefoot Approach increases the efficacy of lessons. The first group of children who completed class 8 scored an impressive average of 82 percent on their examinations. The current team consists of 15 Barefoot teachers, including four women, and the school’s electricity is powered by a 2.5 kilowatt solar power plant.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


1988 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

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Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Other


  • School quality


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary

Other populations reached

  • Boys in school

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Hiring more female teachers
  • Pre-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased test scores

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms