"If one can improve the quality of life in one’s community by providing a vital service, why would anyone want to live an unspeakably miserable existence in the urban slums?
The Barefoot College encourages a hands-on learning-by-doing process of gaining practical knowledge and skills rather than written tests and paper based qualifications. It promotes and strengthens the kind of education one absorbs from family, community, and personal experience. It applies the knowledge and skills that the poor already possess for their own development thus making them independent and letting them live with self respect and dignity. Very ordinary people written off by society are doing extraordinary things that defy description. Therefore, Barefoot College is a radical departure from the traditional concept of a “college”."