KA: School Community Relations Goals

Section K: School-Community Relations

Community Education

 "Community Education is an educational process that concerns itself with everything that affects the well-being of all citizens within a given community.  This definition extends the role of the school from one of traditional concepts of teaching children to one of identifying the needs, problems, wants, and resources of the community and then acting as a catalyst in the development of facilities, programs, and leadership towards improving the entire community.  It is useful to relate community education to community schools.  Community education is the educational concept and the community school is the vehicle by which the many services of community education are delivered."

Association of Community Education of British Columbia, 1977

Each area of the city is unique in the composition of its population; consequently, the services required, whether educational, cultural, social, or recreational, in each community school are different.  A principal assumption of the philosophy of community education is this diversity; therefore, each of the following six goals must be incorporated in the operating guidelines of each community school:

  • to strengthen the existing school program through the greater involvement and utilization of available community resources;
  • to more effectively utilize existing community resources, including schools and other facilities, for desired community programs;
  • to expand the range of optional learning, participation and involvement opportunities for children and youth;
  • to provide involvement and participation opportunities for adults;
  • to facilitate school co-operation and co-ordination with other community agencies;
  • to increase local citizen involvement in both the decision-making and leadership aspects of their local community efforts.

DMT Responsibility: D-CES

Adopted Date: 
Monday November 08, 1982
Revision Date: 
Sep 1994