When we talk about the state of the current education system worldwide, the situation is pretty concerning. Modern students are easily diverted and there is no way of keeping them sitting on a desk through 6 long hours of mind-numbing repetitive tasks. The education system needs to make their minds and as well as their classrooms a little less compact. Local communities can make their schools and education system more proficient by curating inclusive, interesting, and thorough-provoking course outlines. Here is how you can use community engagement to improve local education.
The phrase “knowledge is power” is solely based on what children learn in school. However, the problem is that they aren’t learning anything practical. Many community schools are still practicing old teaching methodologies that simply don’t work for modern students. Globally, only 262 million out of 387 school-going students complete their primary level education and have a basic proficiency level in reading. And about 60% of students from 137 million are in school but not learning anything.
But why is that? Modern students have given to long boring lectures, compact classrooms, and narrow-minded curriculums. However, with the help of your community, you can change this. It is very important for community schools as well as parents to work together for the sake of local education improvement.
Here are five basic steps that you can follow to improve education within your community.
- Introduce Project-Based Learning
For education improvement, it is very important to teach children based of off reality. The traditional instructions in textbooks are extremely boring and hard to understand. Schools and parents should introduce projects to learn things from reality. Instead of making them read long paragraphs about helping needy people, you can arrange food drives to show them the importance of empathy and kindness.
- Identify Flaws
For improving something, the first and foremost thing is to identify flaws. The biggest problem in local education is the grading system. Kids are made to memorize texts and write them perfectly on a piece of paper that will decide their achievements. Kids can do much more than just memorize and recite textbook quotes. It is very important for school and community members to realize this in order to inspire change.
- Adopt Better Teaching Methods
Conveying long boring lectures is not teaching. A teacher is a mentor who has a responsibility to connect with a student emotionally and individually. Instead of forcing your opinions on kids, you should allow them to explore and ask questions. Through community engagement, you can arrange activities for kids to learn and experiment.
- Change Assessment Model
For most parents, getting an A on a report card is more than enough. However, assessment should not be based on this. What matters is identifying a kid’s weaknesses and strengths. It is very important for parents to know in detail how their children have been performing mentally and physically. Schools should create a detailed report with comments and suggestions to understand what a child is lacking and what he is good at.
- Encourage Social Interaction
A lot of schools only focus on carrying out mind-numbing tasks. This can actually exhaust a kid. Besides, shouting and insulting kids can also push them inside a shell due to which they are often never able to outperform most of their peers even if they have the potential. Community schools should focus on making kids confident and bold. Arrange events and fairs to help them socialize and interact with other people in the community without making them feel like they are being assessed, judged, and graded all the time. This will not only build their self-esteem but will also make them abandon their shell. They will become more kind, helpful, and social. For a healthier and better community, it is very important to teach kids how essential community engagement is.
By interacting with other people in the community, they will know how to treat people. They will also develop a sense of pride and respect for their community. Youth can do a lot to modernize communities and help with a lot of social events like charities, food donations, and healthcare awareness. From a young age, parents should teach kids to work for the community and make it a better place so that they can grow up to pass on the same teachings to the future of the community.
To make this change, it is important for every community member to be on the same page. Through the community-driven Strake app, you can make this happen.