A group of marginalized youth, supported by facilitators, resources persons, workshops, debates and dialogues are provided with research and communication skills and they conduct research over one year in their community. They partake in the research design based upon the needs assessment and they collect the data. Armed with their research data, together they design, advocate, disseminate and implement change in their communities. These Barefoot Researchers (BRs) use the city itself as a learning lab to build new knowledge without the intermediary of a formal structure of learning that tends to otherwise distance them from their contexts. In this process, the youth get exposed to existing hierarchies and social, cultural and economic diversities of the world to which the learner/researcher belongs thus enabling them to reflect upon themselves, challenge the prevalent wisdom to make arguments about their future and become problem-solvers for the future of their cities
Between 2015 and 2020, research carried out under this rubric will fall under the overarching theme of governance. Hinged on the larger debates on urbanisation, PUKAR’s Barefoot Researchers Movement has enabled hundreds of youth to become changemakers and leaders in their own communities and neighbourhoods.
- Barefoot Researchers for Better Communities
- Youth Leaders as Changemakers
- Research as Pedagogy, Advocacy and Transformation
- Building Slum Youth Leadership: Changing Communities
- Youth Fellowship Program
- Neighbourhood Project