ERIC Number: ED213973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Servol: An Education and Community Development Project in Trinidad. Advisory Mission Report, October 11-18, 1981.
Fernig, Leo; And Others
Servol (Service Volunteered for All) is a voluntary organization in Trinidad and Tobago with a staff of some 90 people engaged in a wide range of activities grouped in seven Life Centers and a periphery of 13 nursery schools, as well as family farm units in a rural area. From a modest start in late 1970, Servol has grown steadily during its first decade, engaging in a variety of projects throughout the country. An advisory mission from the Bernard van Leer Foundation visited Trinidad from October 11-18, 1981, to assess the progress and accomplishments of the Servol program, to appraise the long-term viability of the project, and to advise it on the ways in which the project might develop after the Foundation's involvement has ended. The advisory mission found that Servol is fostering self-reliance in the communities which it serves; that it is functioning as a change agent to a certain extent, and that its management, although good, has room for greater training for future leaders--all ideals set forth in Servol's mission. As a whole, the mission regards the Servol experience positively. Servol links community development and education into a coherent whole, not only in response to theoretical perception or humanitarian concern but as a translation into reality of the expressed needs and desires of the community. It has had a positive impact on Trinidadian society and beyond in the Caribbean. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Benefits, Community Centers, Community Development, Community Organizations, Community Planning, Community Programs, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Outreach Programs, Program Effectiveness, Social Responsibility
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers: Servol; Trinidad and Tobago