Ram Karan was born in India in the state of Rajasthan. For over twenty five years, he has been sharing his knowledge with the students of the Barefoot College in his home village of Tilonia. Although he is a law school graduate, he now supervises this large training network that includes men, women and children from many relatively isolated villages in the region.
The Barefoot College is made up of over 3,000 “barefoot teachers” in various locations. The majority of the teachers were themselves uneducated villagers who attended the organization’s schools or acquired other specific training. Their goal is to share their knowledge with the residents of their villages. Since its foundation in 1972, the organization has provided basic education to more than 75,000 children.