Barefoot Edu Foundation

Jonathan Mendonca

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Jonathan Mendonca is the Co-founder and Director of Strategy at Barefoot Edu Foundation, a non-profit focused on building educational leadership in India. Civil Engineer turned educator, Jonathan trusts in the potential of people to build the foundation for social change and is on a mission to decentralize education by empowering leaders at the grassroots so that the voice, values, and goals of their communities shape education. In this regard, he designed Rehnuma, the world’s first incubator for School Principals which coaches them to be entrepreneurial in their approach to building autonomous 21st century schools. Jonathan holds a masters in International Education Policy at Harvard University and has been awarded the Cheng Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a Saul Zaentz Fellow, Young India Fellow, Mother Teresa Fellow, and was invited to share his experience at the United Nation’s ECOSOC ’19 Youth

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