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ERIC Number: ED498417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-17
Pages: 192
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 83
Community Readiness for Self-Managed School
Rajbhandari, Mani Man Singh
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The concept of Self-managing schools involving local community members, teachers and parents with the formation of School Management Committee is gaining ground in Nepal after the world conference on education for all (WCEFA) held in Jomtien, Thailand in the year 1990. Transferring the management of public schools in the hand of willing community and motivating them to reform education by their own ability are self-managed schools. As the government of Nepal has planned to gradually increase the number of self-managed schools throughout the country, a need was realized to assess the readiness of communities (willingness and ability) to resume the delegated responsibility, which was the main reflection of the research study. The major findings of this research were that despite the community schools located in the poor geographical location, the School Management Committee (SMC) have become successful in involving the local people in the decision-making process. The willingness of communities was found high in terms of participation and involvement in school management. Involvement of the community in school management resulted in high rates of students' enrolment, improvement in quality of education and introduction of English subject and English speaking environment in the school premises. The readiness of community was accentuating for resource generation by utilizing unutilized natural resources, for instance, water and forestry. Apart from being isolated from the perspective of financial capabilities, the local communities have the potentialities to develop school so that the local community people do not have to seek for the private school for their children education. In addition, the School Management Committees also demonstrated their skills in participating and involving the students in committee meetings aspiring them to bring healthy suggestion. The commitment of the local communities to manage school also have solved the problems of poor maintenances ofschool buildings and classroom facilities with the ability to maintain relationship with Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), International Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and other business organization to support the school with necessity financial means. In summary, the community of self-managed schools demonstrated both capability and willingness (readiness) for managing schools in a decentralized context. Appendixes include: (1) Interview Schedule; (2) Consent Form; (3) Background on School Management Committee Members; (4) Translation into Nepali; and (5) Additional Translation into Nepali. A list of Internet Sources is also included. (Contains 8 tables and 5 figures.) [Master's Dissertation, Kathmandu University.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nepal