In August this year it was announced that the Fiji Barefoot College will be built in northern Fiji as soon as plans have been finalised.

Participants at our ACE conference a few years ago will remember Bunker Roy who described how his Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India, is transforming the lives of so many people. The solar electrification training centre, where grandmothers are taught to be solar engineers, is one of the college’s programmes. This is what will be built in Fiji.

The Indian government is donating $2.51m towards the cost.

The government of Fiji, which is contributing the rest of the money, considers the Barefoot College as an important champion in the fight against climate change, which Fiji as a small island is facing. It will also improve the quality of life in rural villages.

The Barefoot College is working to create “a sustainable world from the ground up: Barefoot solutions support 14 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals for large scale sweeping global impact.”

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