Community participation in education: Summer 2019

2019, 16 pp

Community participation in education

This issue explores the many ways community participation can make education efforts more effective, accountable, relevant and sustainable. We begin with the important question of how school staff can develop good communication and collaboration with parents and students to reduce the disconnect that often exists between schools and families. Then we dig deeper to see how formal structures like school management committees or oversight committees can give community members an active role in making decisions about school priorities, holding teachers accountable and managing financial and other resources that can be leveraged to improve student learning. We also look at one partner’s experience with supporting community-led models for early childhood education and examine the importance of the community’s role in child protection. Finally, we learn from a tribal school in Odisha, India, about how Indigenous community ownership at the deepest level can shape a school’s ethos and identity and ultimately make the difference between education being a tool of oppression imposed by a dominant culture or the tool of community empowerment that we aspire for it to be.

  • Communication between school, students and parents
  • Strengthening school management committees
  • Oversight committees help hold schools accountable
  • School management committees and school improvement
  • Community-led early childhood care and education
  • Community participation in child protection
  • Insights from a tribal school in Odisha, India: communities, curriculum and ethos

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