Education for Local Development; La educacion para el desarrollo local
||Orduna, A. et al.
||Summer 1999 |
||Community Development; Education; Social Change |
This dissertation, whose title is Education for Local
Development, studies a way of social progress from an educational point of view.
Its purpose is to analyze the relationships between education & local
development & to describe the main characteristics of this educational modality.
The human being, imperfect & incomplete, from his birth to his death goes
through a continuous search for personal improvement. During his life, he
advances his individual goals thanks to the educational action. This can be
defined as the human action (that leads the maturing process of every individual
increasing his inner potential). This is, education, or better, intentional
education contributes to direct the abilities & qualities that every character
has in a process of constant improvement of the individual that grows as a
person. Growing as a person means not only improving gradually on everything
that affects the human being but also improving his relationship with the social
environment & the rest of individuals which surround him. This human development
of every individual can only be given through the
relationship--communication--with other human beings. Therefore, the educational
action, that hopes to improve the persons, has a social dimension which
searches, as a helping action, to prepare the individual to get actively
involved in the groups that he integrates. It also searches to prepare those
groups to take part in the community life. For the active participation of each
individual in the community life contributing this way to the improvement of
local life conditions, it is necessary that people organize their actions. This
process of community organization is called local development. It can be defined
as the global process, integrated & sustainable of social change, come out by
the community, organized in a well-defined territory that takes part actively in
the better use of local resources. Its main distinctive factor, against other
types of development or social progress, is the people's participation... the
human resources which the process of social improvement is directed towards.
Local development cannot exist without these people who wish, who need, who
decide to organize themselves in order be able to improve the future of the
community. Education & development are two processes that cannot be identified
even though they are closely connected. There is no development without
education because if the people who integrate a community do not improve as
such, they will never be able to assume the improvement of their local life
conditions. On the other hand, the process of community improvement is not given
in a spontaneous way. People need help & this is education, or more concretely,
it is a way of educational promotion that becomes a way of orientation.