educational intervention to strengthen panchayt raj

January 10, 2007 2:19am CST
The passing of the 73rd amendment made it possible for a large number of illiterate, exploited, disadvantaged and powerless rural women to enter active politics at its basic level i.e. the panchayath raj institutions. This was existing development for the sectors working for women’s empowerment. However to make this venture successfully the women needed to aware of their in her strengthens and potentials. Given the low educational qualification of the women as well as lack of experience it is therefore necessary the facilitate women’s active participation in panchayath raj institutions through symmetric training and communication support. It is essential that both the government or N.G.O.’s collaborate and work out educational and training mechanisms that would improve the participation and performance level of these local administrative functionaries by helping them to recognize and use their inherent potentials. In a workshop organized by search and the department women and child development, Govt. of Karnataka the following strategies are planned out: 1. The training to be organized in a decentralized manners i.e.: at taluk or sub-taluk levels 2. To be residential nature 3. To use participatory methodologies, including components like role-play, audio-visuals, songs, groups’ discussions and social games allowing trainees to both time and space for reflection. 4. The facilitator would have to create a learning environment by understanding learning’s anxieties and resistance to participatory learning. 5. Make them understand the rules, regulations, procedures and powers of Grama, Taluk and Zilla Panchayaths listed in Schedules I, II and III of he Karnataka Panchayt Raj Act, 1993. 6. Give them a holistic perspective on social issues.
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