We are WISE 2020 Award Winners!

Barefoot College has just been awarded as one of 6 WISE Award winners for 2020, from among over 600 applicants! We’ve been recognized as an innovative project that addresses global education challenges through its unique Solar Electrification with Enriche Education program.

The WISE Awards, created by the World Innovation Summit for Education – a Qatar Foundation initiative – aims to highlight projects that have demonstrated impact in their communities and have the potential to set international standards and best practices worldwide.

Barefoot Solar Mamas train at our campus in Tilonia, India

Members of the Barefoot Enriche Team


“Barefoot College International is incredibly excited to have been recognized by the WISE Awards – this is a prize that we have tremendous respect and admiration for, and it delights us that our innovative work should be a recipient. We look forward very much to continuing to transform lives for the better with the support of the WISE Awards,” responds Sue Stevenson, Barefoot College Director of Strategic Partnerships and International Development.

Barefoot College Solar Electrification with Enriche Education is our holistic program combining an adaptable curriculum called Enriche with teaching and empowering women in rural areas through digital and financial literacy, while providing them with the tools to solar electrify their communities. This approach has a ripple effect on the whole community and has benefitted 2.2 million people in more than 90 countries.

WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. WISE has established itself as a global reference in new approaches to education. Through both the biennial Summit and a range of ongoing programs WISE is promoting innovation and building the future of education through collaboration.

Join the Webinar

The official awards celebration webinar will be held on October 28th, 2020. You can join Building the Future of Education: Conversations with Resilient Innovators by registering. – learn from the innovators and discover how they have ensured that adults and children worldwide have access to quality education.