Nurturing the citizenry of the future: community involvement in schools

Haque, Nazrul and Sinha, Sujit (2013) Nurturing the citizenry of the future: community involvement in schools. Learning Curve (21). pp. 11-15.

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The National Curriculum Framework 2005 has stated that “fertile and robust education is always created, rooted in the physical and cultural soil of the child, and nourished through interaction with parents, teachers, fellow students and the community.” However, there can be various forms of community involvement in schools. Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, 2009 (RTE Act) is a legislation which seeks to provide quality education for all children in the age group of 6-14 years. In this Act itself, specific provisions have been made for democratisation of schools and for parents and local communities to play their due roles in shaping and running of the schools in the form of School Management Committees (SMC) and preparation of School Development Plan. Although a good move, such involvements can be viewed as technical interventions and the goal is to see that the school runs effectively. However, our children are today's (and tomorrow's) citizens too. The relationship between the community and the school must be organic and something linked to the future of the child and the community. There are few instances in our country where successful school-community links have been possible –and they also contributed some meaning to the education. We are going to discuss three of them: the Vigyan Ashram IBT model, Sikshan-Mitra program in Ashram schools, both in Maharashtra; and Swanirvar experiment in West Bengal

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Haque, Nazrul and Sinha, Sujit
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences
Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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