about us



Innovation in education takes years to enter schools at scale and millions of under resourced children are just not learning

Our Vision

Every child has a strong foundation to Think, Feel, Dream and Act

Our Mission

Create a movement of empowered educators to innovate and meaningfully make education better for children, now!!!

Barefoot Edu Foundation is a grassroots organisation founded by a Young India Fellow, Teach for India Fellow and Harvard Graduate who trust in the potential of people. We believe that if we do not rapidly improve education, the largest youth population in the world may grow up to be the largest unemployable population in the world. A country as big and populous as India requires a lot of leaders at the grassroots that are empowered to meaningfully contribute to education right now.

Barefoot Edu Foundation helps school leaders set creative paths to climb, circumvent, and knock down obstacles that stand in their way. Sometimes it involves deep diving into the school with a lot of resources and sometimes it involves a simple nudge. At every point during this journey, children, teachers, and school leaders learn to be entrepreneurial and experimental, and actually make the change that they want to see.

Our team documents all these simple best practices created at the grassroots, in the context within which they were created. We then scale these best practices, tools and resources that we co-create with our community through capacity building of other school leaders and other educators.

“Barefoot” embodies the empathy of being free and unconventional in one’s quest for knowledge while being sensitive to the ground that we trample on.

Our Team

Jonathan Mendonca

Cofounder & Director Strategy

Saumya Aggarwal

Cofounder & Director Program Design

Subhankar Paul

Cofounder & Director Operations

Aditi Bhargava

Program Manager, Jaipur

Prahlad Chakma

Program Manager, Mumbai

Sangita Bissa

Program Manager, Training and Design

Sana Shaik

Program Officer, Mumbai

Poonam Sharma

Program Officer, Karnal

Vikash Sharma

Program Officer, Karnal