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Local Capacity Building and Community Development

Mobilizing resources in schools and communities is the first step for improving local capacity building and community development.

 

Community involvement in planning activities and providing services such as education, health, and skills training is crucial for building local capacity.  In addition, this also leads to more effective, transparent, and accountable local societies.  A pre-requisite, in this regard, is that space is created for meaningful participation and empowerment of all groups in the local society

 

Community-based programs strengthen cooperation between schools and the community, teacher-student relationships, children’s rights, and increase enrolment and learning.  Moreover, locally based programs allow for decentralization of curriculum development and educational innovation.  Decentralization allows for more flexible and appropriate designs for the local conditions, as well as for greater community and school involvement, fostering ownership and utilizing local knowledge capacity.

 

Communauty Learning Centers

Community Learning Centres (CLCs) provide learning venues outside of the formal education system to reach normally excluded groups, such as pre-school children, out-of-school children, women, youth, and the elderly.  UNESCO promotes CLCs in order to further the goals of inclusive education outside of the formal education system.  CLCs foster community empowerment and social transformation by providing education and training at the local level based on the needs and resources available.