Locating Community in School Education: A Study of Village Education Committees in Haryana, India

By Kamlesh Narwana.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The present paper is based on a field study, on the role of Community Participation in School Education, conducted in the two villages of Haryana State, India. The study shows that interaction between Village Education Committee, community and certain social economic condition has led to major improvement in educational performance in one village. Special focus is on the relevance of community participation and cooperative action at the ground root level. But in second village, the social conditions, local politics and lack of mobilisation etc. are different factors which have made the concept of community participation a failure. Social exclusion in form of gender discrimination and caste hierarchy remain the common hindrances in both villages in community participation.

Keywords: Community Participation, Decentralisation, Village Education Committee

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.373-386. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 670.317KB).

Kamlesh Narwana

Research Scholar, Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Delhi, India

I am a PhD research scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. I have done my Masters in Arts with Modern History as my specialization. I have finished my Masters of Philosophy with Contemporary history as specialization. My area of interest is community participation and school education. Community participation can play a very important and decisive role in the functioning and management of school. In rural areas, community can contribute by raising sources for construction of building and for providing other facilities, appointment of teachers, arranging mid day meal, by monitoring the functioning of school and ensuring regularity of teachers. School and community are always perceived complementary to each other.School is a part of social process where stakeholders and teaching community are equally responsible for solving the school problems. Problems of school education of a particular area can be better understood by the native people. So through my research, I am focusing on the ground realities. The field based study in this area will further help in policy formulation for finding a better solution of the problems of that particular area.

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