ERIC Number: ED158919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Education and Community Development Project Organised by the Teachers' College - Hingurakgoda, Sri Lanka.
Ekanayaka, S. B.
An innovative project in training teachers for community development was begun in three remote villages in Sri Lanka in 1975 by one of the country's 28 teacher colleges. Under supervision by a resident Teacher Educator, teacher trainees were placed in villages for two weeks per term not only to teach the two courses per day required by all of the teacher colleges but to participate in village life, complete socioeconomic surveys of the villages, and, in consultation with village leadership, draw up development schemes. The project stressed the role of the teacher as an agent of change, an attitude developer, creative thinker, community leader. Besides introducing leadership skills to the trainee and opening his eyes to development problems faced by the rural poor, the project made the school the operational center for socioeconomic and cultural progress in the community and helped bridge the gap between a teacher college curriculum geared toward urban and suburban schools and rural realities. Trainee activities ranged from introducing mobile dispensaries and expanding economic opportunities to drawing up a curriculum more relevant to rural people and initiating adult education. Despite problems, the project gained villagers' enthusiasm, increased enrollments, involved more parents with school, and brought requests for similar programs from adjoining schools. (RS)
Descriptors: Change Agents, College Curriculum, Community Development, Community Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Higher Education, Leadership Responsibility, Rural Development, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, School Community Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand). Regional Office for Education in Asia and Oceania.
Identifiers: Sri Lanka
Note: Not available in hard copy due to poor print quality of original; Paper presented at the UNESCO National Seminar in Education for Rural Development (Sri Lanka, April 8-13, 1978)