This volume presents the grassroots experiences, problems encountered, and lessons learnt from initiatives launched in five Indian states. The contributors cover a range of important issues including how community participation works in an environment characterized by deep-rooted socio-economic divisions; the equitable distribution of participation; identifying and defining the community; and ensuring the genuine representation of those who are traditionally excluded from decision-making in rural areas.
The five case studies cover Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar and Kerala. They collectively shed light on how decentralization in education has been actualized in different parts of the country and the dynamics of empowering the community to manage primary education. Two chapters cover, respectively, the total literacy campaign and watershed management in the framework of sustainable development. These experiences contain valuable insights which can be fruitfully applied to the primary education sector. Finally, both the introduction and the concluding chapter draw attention to the issues that need to be tackled in the years ahead in terms of building capacities for educational governance and community involvement at the local level. A theme running through the volume as a whole is ways to bring about genuine partnerships between civil society, the administration and NGOs in the drive to achieve universal education.
Providing a comprehensive and analytical review of experiments and innovation in primary education, this volume will attract the attention of all those involved with education (including educational policy and planning), social work and the sociology of education. It will be of equal value to activists, administrators and NGOs.
|Emerging Issues and Practices|
|Experiments in the State of Kerala|
|Discussion of Experiences from Rajasthan|
|Shades of Experience from Madhya Pradesh|
|The Karnataka Experience|
|Comparing School Education and Watershed Development|
|Policy and Practice in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh|