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Two-day training of School Development and Management Committee members held in rural Tonk of Rajasthan
"A well-organised and proper training and capacity building of School Development and Management Committee (SMDC) members about their roles and responsibilities is the most critical factor for ensuring their active and effective participation in action planning, monitoring and effective running of the school level activities. If enabled, the members could prepare a school level perspective plan and annual plan of each school to the extent of child level planning," said Md Iqbal – the key resource trainer of a recent training in rural area of Tonk district in Rajasthan.

A two-day training of 90 SDMC members of 10 gram panchayats of Niwai block of Tonk district was held in the last week of September at Jhilay village. In the training, the topics such as constitution of SDMC; members' roles and responsibilities; monitoring of school; community inputs for the school; record keep of minutes of the meeting; Right to Education Act; Child Rights issues; school management skills, etc., were taken up. The training techniques of group discussion, interactive sessions and planning formats' filling and monitoring skills were used to build the capacity of the SDMC members.

According to Jaipur-based CULP-NGO, which organised the training, the SMDCs are expected to take necessary steps for overall growth and development of the school leading to conductive educational environment for academic excellence. The SDMCs are supposed to undertake community mobilization to remove the barriers among children belonging to ST, SC, OBC, and educationally backward minorities in the catchment areas of their schools to ensure social equity, gender equity with reasonable quality of education.

According the experts in social pedagogy, institutionalised education without the active participation of the community in its management turns institutions into black boxes wherein children get exploited in a number of ways.  Socio-pedagogical approach to school governance raises the level of participation of the community in the school management and enhances their stake in the welfare and learning outcomes of the children.  The training and reviews of the school's functioning can lead to the committee's participation through management of educational vision of the school and ensure that school life of all learners to be shaped with care, commitment and creativity.

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