Community Learning Centers in Kazakhstan

1 January 2004

CLCs are places for providing lifelong learning opportunities to everyone in the community in order to:

  • Empower them to become self-reliant
  • Improve their quality of life
  • Develop their community
CLCs are usually set up and managed by community people. They serve everyone in the community including adults, youth and children regardless of race, sex, caste or religion.

The Dakar Action Framework emphasizes a need to ensure fair-based access to the continuous education for all adults. A principle “Life Long Education” has to become a guiding life principle for all our nationals. All country’s population without exception –from children to retirees –have a right to acquire needed knowledge and skills required under the conditions of a dynamically changing social and economic situation. For this, all people, particularly rural, have to have a universal and permanent access to training to acquire and update their knowledge and skills needed for sustainable participation in the life of society, a right to have an education opportunity during the lifetime in the locations closest to their residence places, and with possible use of the modern information and communication technologies. The Community Learning Centres (CLCs) established under UNESCO support have to ensure the mechanism of this task implementation and to catalyze developing of such practice in the remote locations of the country. Community participation and involvement at all stages of decision making is the first and most important characteristic of CLCs.

The CLC provides not only services but also helps review, monitor and give feedback by documenting the findings of the community development activities as a basis for planning future activities.

The roles of CLCs may be summarized as follows:
  • To identify and address the needs of the community
  • To cater to the needs and interests of the community through various activities
  • To mobilize the resources in the community
  • To establish linkages, close co-operation and partnerships with other organizations and agencies. A CLC may be involved in a variety of community development activities depending upon local needs.
  • To monitor and review progress in order to help in future planning
  • To document the strengths and weaknesses of CLC activities

One more important role of a CLC is to strengthen its capacity for action by means of personnel training and resource development. For further details, please see Module 7 on capacity building.

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