Tilonia’s Barefoot College

Year: 2015

Partners: ISOC and Barefoot College

Barefoot College campus located in Tilonia village, which is about 50 kilometres from Ajmer district in Rajasthan. The Barefoot College has been working with rural communities for 40 years now with a focus on cost-effective and self-sustainable barefoot solutions. The College runs many centres, including health care centres, 150-night schools, livelihood centres, field centres for multiple activities and rural craft training centres, among others

In 2015, DEF under its Wireless for Communities (W4C) programme, made the entire campus Wi-Fi enabled. The wireless connectivity provided at the campus helped it in four ways – imparting wireless training to local young people; creating a network for connecting Solar Mamas; providing connectivity to Tilonia community radio and conserving drinking water, offline and online

With the availability to this network, access to the Internet became extremely easy for the people who work or live on the campus of Barefoot College. They not only access the Internet through their work stations but can also connect to the Wi-Fi, anywhere on campus and at any time, through their laptops or mobile phones.

At Barefoot College, DEF also runs two Community Information Resource Centres (CIRCs) where children and adults are trained in digital literacy by trainers appointed by DEF. Twenty iPads are used at Barefoot College for women enrolled for the national and international solar training programme and another 10 Mac systems are used at the institution for training school children in digital literacy. So now, whatever be the activity or event at Barefoot College, you’ll be able to see women recording videos or clicking photographs on their shining white iPads like pro and updating their web presence through iPads or iMacs.

DEF provided Tilonia Radio with technical, strategic and content advisory support. The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi is also an online support provider to the community radio station. Radio Tilonia now uses this Wi-Fi connection for its broadcasting purposes.

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