What is Community Education?

  • Community Education is an opportunity for local citizens and community schools, agencies and institutions to become active partners in addressing education and community concerns;
  • Community Education brings community members together to identify and link community needs and resources in a manner that helps people to help themselves in raising the quality of life in their communities.
  • Community Education is a unique education concept that embraces these beliefs:
    • Education is a lifelong process;
    • Everyone in the community - individuals, businesses, public and private agencies - shares responsibility for the mission of educating all members of the community; and
    • Citizens have a right and a responsibility to be involved in determining community needs, identifying community resources, and linking those needs and resources to improve their community.

For more information about Community Education (the philosophy, history, and evolution of community schools), please refer to our pamphlet entitled "Community Education: Bringing It All Together".

"In 1999, the Provincial Cabinet responded to a recommendation from education partners and the Saskatchewan Council on Children that a review of schools be conducted. A twelve-member "Task Force on the Role of the School" was created to engage the education community, human service sectors, government, families and communities in meaningful and well-informed dialogue on the role of the schools. The Task Force identified issues and options and made recommendations including how supports could be put in place to help schools achieve their role.

In February 2001, a final report was presented to the Minister of Education and Government of Saskatchewan. The final report of the Task Force on the Role of the School was entitled SchoolPlus - A Vision for Children and Youth, Towards a New School, Community and Human Service Partnership in Saskatchewan. Recommendation 1.1, 1.3 was that "All schools adopt the Community School Philosophy."

As we approach the latter part of this decade, we look forward to a productive relationship with the Ministry of Education.  We are proud of the role we play in building strong healthy communities and promoting excellence in education for our students and their families.

SCSA has had a positive and successful history and over the years has developed the respect of Saskatchewan Learning and many provincial partners. Members of the Association play an active role on Provincial, National and International Community Education committees. The Association is committed to continuing to advocate for and shape the direction of Community Education practices.

 

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