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;
- 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
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