Volume : 3, Issue : 3, AUG 2019
RURAL EDUCATION AS TRANSFORMATIONAL TOOL FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Dr. C. Siva Sankar
Rural Education for Sustainability is a paradigm shift for cognitive and pragmatic actions about a future in which environmental, social and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of prosperity and development in rural areas and an improved quality of rural life. Generally, Sustainable Development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Rural Education for Sustainable Development engages formal, non-formal and informal education in using variety of pedagogical techniques (simulations, role plays, reflective discussions, issue analysis, and storytelling) that promote participatory learning and meta cognitive and higher-order thinking skills. It touches every aspect of rural education including planning, policy making, programme implementation, finance, curricula, teaching, learning, assessment, and administration. This paper reflects on rural education as social transformation for sustainable development that facilitates change by fostering new knowledge, behaviours and practices. This paper gives insightful links between five pillars of rural education and sustainable development goals. The main thrust areas and components of rural education for sustainability are also reflectively depicted in this paper.
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