Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal 
is a constituent unit of National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi
and it is concerned with the School and Teacher Education in Western India.
Prof. A. B. Saxena, Principal, Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal-462013
The project of ‘Working with Community' is a special programme of Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal in the camp mode.
The aim of this camp is to develop special skills in our future teachers to interact with different community and to spread awareness in the people. Working with Community helps the student to develop the power of imagination and reasoning to establish the cause, effect, relationship and think logically. Moreover it also helps the students to understand and appreciate the problems of the community and gives the chance to think about possible solutions.
The other objective of this kind of camp is to make students learn how to work with a community. It’s ‘working with community' and not ‘working for community’. It is a way of socializing with an unknown community (rural); a process of learning something new from the community- about its customs and traditions and of course about its way of living. For being a good teacher it is essential that he/she must be ready to serve not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas. For this understanding of community is important.
- Here an attempt is made to know the status of facilities like education, health and hygiene, way of life of the villagers, village peoples work and related problems, cleaning of surrounding roads areas of villages, facilities like electricity, drainage system, etc.
- The students and the staff did a good job during the programme though it was first experience of this kind for most of them.
Prof. S. A. Shaffi, Dean, Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal-462013
Dr. S. K. Gupta, Reader in Education
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Pandagale, Lecturer in Education and Co-ordinator of Working With Community
Mr. S. G. Wadekar, Lecturer in Marathi
Dr. Chitra Singh, Lecturer in Chemistry
Mr. Arup Kumar Saha, Lecturer in Mathematics
- The Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal is a constituent unit of National Council Of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi. It offers regular courses like B. Sc. B. Ed. IV year, Two Year B. Ed., M. Ed. In B. Sc. B. Ed. I year and Two Year B. Ed. their is a paper on Working with Community. To fullfil the requrement of this paper, this year, a 5 days camp was organised from 15 to 19 December 2007 in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh.
This effort was coordinated by Mr. Sanjay Kumar Pandagale, Lecturer in Education and the peer team consisted of Mr. S. G. Wadekar, Dr. Chitra Singh, Dr. Shivanand Chinnapanwar, Dr. Basansy Kharlukhi, Dr. Duryodhan Ketaki and Mr. Arup Kumar Saha who are faculty members in different Department of Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal.
Dr. S. K. Gupta oriented students about how to conduct Case Study. Dr. M. K. Mishra oriented about the techniques of interview. Dr. Ratnamala Arya and Dr. Rasmi Singhai were also associated.
Prof. A. B. Saxena, Principal, RIE Bhopal, Prof. S. A. Shaffi, Dean Of Instruction, RIE Bhopal, Prof. G. N. P. Shrivastava, Head of Education, RIE Bhopal provided valuable guidance in this joint venture.
What is Working with Community?
Prof. A. B. Saxena very appropriatly said in his message that it’s ‘working with community' and not ‘working for community’. It means one has to learn how to work with community members. It is a way of socializing with an unknown community (rural); a process of learning something new from the community- about its customs and traditions and of course about its way of living.
is a word famous monument situated at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh
The National Policy on Education (1986) has clearly spelt out that “Local Communities through appropriate bodies will be assigned a major role in the programme of school improvement”. Thus Community involvement and Participation in the management of education becomes essential as a key determinant of the quality of implementation of school programmes.
Realizing this fact, various initiatives of the Government targeted to bring reforms in the system of management of education. DPEP, SSA, Lokshala Project etc., have not only shown immense concern for community participation but also have conceived mechanism to ensure it. The mechanism conceived under various programmes and policies tend to focus on the fact that the school, particularly the teachers, should take the leadership role in bringing community closer to the school. This can be evident from the role supposed to be played by the teachers in the formation of VEC, PTA, MTA; and organization of the meetings of these associations.
With regard to community mobilization and participation in the District Primary Education Programme of the country steps have been taken by MHRD to conduct impact studies and research activities. One such report was published in January 1988 on community mobilization and participation. The primary focus of the study was an assessment of the status dynamics and potential of community mobilization and participation of Village Education Committees in accomplishing the goals of District Primary Education Programme.
The findings may be seen from the following:
Emergence of Village Education Committee as village level institutions working on issues of basic education is beginning to take shape. A vibrant and active Village Education Committee supported by regular activities for wider community mobilization can become the most crucial factor in accomplishing the goals of District Primary Education Programme in the Project area.
• While orientation of members of Village Education Committee has been carried out in the entire project Districts regular and sustained capacity building of Village Education Committee as a whole has been much less common.
The guidelines circulated by Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan Samiti of Government of India to different states during 2002-2003 envisage a comprehensive and consolidated effort to achieve the goals of Universalisation of Elementary Education before 2007. It puts emphasis on community mobilization and empowerment of the community through participatory approach. It also puts emphasis on holistic and convergent approach towards Universalisation of Elementary Education (UEE). It aims at bridging the gender and social gaps in a time bound and integrated system.
Vision-2020 (India) says that Human beings are distinguished among all living species by their capacity to develop and think. Though development is often measured in terms of so many miles of roads, number of tall buildings, airports, cars, TVs, computers etc., it is not things and places alone that define development. Development must be people centric. Twenty years hence, the people of India will be more numerous, better educated, healthier and more prosperous than at any other time in our long history. Having eradicated the scourge of famine that plagued the country for centuries, we still confront the challenging tasks of providing a nutritious diet to all our children, educating our teeming masses, abolishing epidemic diseases and creating employment opportunities for all our citizens.
Keeping in view the above mentioned requirements and recommendations Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal included Working with Community Programme as an integral component of teacher training programme in camp mode.
Method of Participation
Discussion, rally, poster and banneer display, theme based cultural programme.
Survey, interview, action research, case study, participant observation dissemination of
success stories, interaction with community members etc. were included in the Working with Community Programme.
Modalities of the Programme
The details of the modalities of programme, including selection of venues, organization of camp and daily routine followed are as follows:
Selection of Venue
Three villages namely, Ganeshpura, Bais Nagar and Sunpura were selected as the venue of the programme. They are situated at a distance of 75 Kilometer from RIE. Bhopal. The villages are located in the Vidisha District of Madhya Pradesh.
Organization of the Camp
After discussion with the school authorities and community functionaries the modalities of the programme were formulated. The local Sarpanch, Police officer, Medical officer, and District Collector were contacted for the smooth conduct of the camp.
Objectives of the Programme
- To study the actual life style and experiences of village Ganeshpura, Baisnagar, Sunpura and Madhavpura of District Vidisha (M.P].
- To make the student to understand and realize complex socio-economic, cultural, educational problems, through actual work situation in the community.
- To develop insight and attitude towards social problems.
- To understand the relationship between school and community.
- To identify the illiterate youths and organize classes for them.
- To interact with school teachers and students to find their problems and helps them to over come.
- To interact with community members with reference to academic enrollment and dropout rate of children of community.
- To arrange meeting talks, demonstration and exhibition to develop awareness about the problems of community.
- To make a survey of health and hygiene and Villagers way of living .
- To conduct interviews of village Sarpanch, Teachers, Craft man, Farmers, Laborers regarding their works and their Problems.
- To participate in cleaning the surroundings of road sides of the village, tree plantation involving with community members.
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