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About us

Barefoot Edu Foundation is a grassroots organisation committed to transforming educational spaces into stimulating learning environments, contextualised for under-resourced communities. The organisation was founded by two Young India Fellows who believe that children must be empowered with the relevant knowledge, skills and platforms to make the most out of their education. Barefoot Edu Foundation is registered as a section 8 company under the Companies Act, 2013 in Maharashtra.

We design holistic sustainable solutions to educational centres and help implement strategies to effectively improve teaching capacities and student learning outcomes. Our domains of operation include early childhood education, holistic school transformation and capacity building.


We have often been asked why we chose the name Barefoot Edu. It’s exactly what it sounds like, the sensation of kicking off your shoes and feeling free, but being more aware of the ground we trample on. It embodies our approach to education, which allows children to be unconventional and unrestricted in their quest for knowledge while focusing on sensitivity along the way.

The Team

Jonathan Mendonca

Bachelor of Technology | Young India Fellow | Mother Teresa Fellow

Jonathan is the youngest director at Corinthian Consortium, a design and build firm in Mumbai. He has vocationally trained nearly a hundred migrants with no formal education into skilled craftsmen, draftsmen and site supervisors. Over the last few years, he has been teaching children English and Science, training teachers and applying his construction experience to build school infrastructure. In his free time, Jonathan strums his guitar or packs off for a trek/camp to engage his predilection for nature.

Saumya Aggarwal

Bachelor of Business Studies | Young India Fellow | Mother Teresa Fellow

Saumya has an experience that spans across art management, dance, education and social engagement. She has worked with NGO ‘Connecting Dreams Foundation’ towards rural development and was part of the team that set up digital learning centers in 2 villages of Uttar Pradesh. She has been teaching students, training teachers and using her business acumen to strengthen school management. She has a passion for creation which she channelises in her art and lifestyle blog. 

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