The seed was sown in 1988 when Loreto Sealdah was approached by teachers of an adivasi group from Midnapur District seeking practical advice on teaching methods that would be effective in their own environment. Loreto took up the challenge and with the active involvement of the teachers and students of Loreto Sealdah, she not only arranged practical lessons in teaching but also developed a set of teaching aids, which served the double purpose of providing them with ideas for evolving their own tools and using local materials.
People need only feet to walk; shoes are a luxury. Given the millions of children who need to be educated in India, a highly theoretical two- years teachers training course is an unrealistic luxury. The goal is to give the essential inputs through a very thorough practical exposure in the relatively shorter period so our training does not include the ‘shoe’.
Each year we train grass root level teachers from small NGOs and communities so that they can continue to stay in their own community and help educate their children. Till date we have trained more than 16,000 teachers touching the lives of more than 500,000 children throughout India. Currently for the year 2018 we have trained 323 teachers from Jharkahand , Uttar Pradesh , Bihar and different districts of West Bengal . Our Barefoot Teachers Training Staff travel extensively throughout these states with an aim to equip teachers . The Level I module covers Nursery to Class I and Level II covers Class II – Class V respectively . The Module consist of Teaching Methodology , Activities , Subjects and Day wise planning which makes it easier for the teachers to teach the children through playful and joyful methods . Each year these teachers are trained by our Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator who are technically equipped to impart this Learning Methodology .