Community Schools

“Community School” is probably the most common term but they are called community-focused schools in Wales and community active schools in Ukraine. In England and the USA they are known as Extended Schools or full service Extended Schools. They are not called Community Schools in some countries because this is how all schools operate anyway. This is the case, for example, in Sweden, the new rural schools in Poland where they are managed by parents under  the auspices of NGOs and in developing countries where there is little or no state system and parents run the schools themselves or they are run by NGOs on their behalf.

Despite these differences in names, they are likely to be working towards:

  • Strengthening the connection between schools and their surrounding communities
  • Promoting quality education
  • Enabling teachers to work collaboratively with students, parents and communities to make decisions about the way education works and about what is taught in schools
  •  Encouraging active participation of students in their communities
  • Fostering the continuation of local customs, traditions and practices through school curriculum
  • Counteracting discrimination against marginalized groups and promoting their inclusion in educational processes
  • Working with teachers to promote a culture of teaching for change in the school and in the classroom through the incorporation of democratic systems and interactive pedagogy
  • Giving voice to teachers so they can participate meaningfully in education reform