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‘Case-Study’ Questionnaire

Transforming Community Schools into Open Learning Communities, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 12-16 1999

You will by now have received a copy of the Open Learning Communities-Community Schools Project Discussion Brief and Concept Note. As you know, the expected outcome of the Transnational Meeting/Workshop is a conceptual framework for the transformation of community schools into open learning communities.

In order that we may clearly situate the conceptual framework in the context of your own experiences, we invite you to provide brief ‘case-studies’ of the community school initiatives in which you are engaged, supported by visual materials if so desired. These will be collected on Day 1 of the workshop (Monday 12 July), during Registration, and will be circulated among our participants. Your responses will also be integrated into the workshop sessions, contributing directly to the issues raised in these.

The collated ‘case-studies’ will be included in the Meeting Report, informing our analysis of workshop proceedings and the resultant conceptual framework. The Report will be widely distributed, disseminated via databases, international conferences and presentations to policy makers. We intend also to present the Report to potential financial partners, inviting their collaboration in future pilot projects.


We ask that your responses to the questions below include the problems you encounter, both in terms of the conception and design of the community school project in which you have been engaged, and on a day-to-day basis.

  1. How may the community school project be identified as innovative; e.g. in terms of partnerships, methodologies and methods, pedagogies and the use of appropriate technologies, funding relationships, etc.?
  2. How may the community school project be identified as transformative, in terms of institutional and organisational change, and socio-economic transformation within communities’ larger context; e.g. via existing linkages with local groups and/or government departments.
  3. How does the project integrate learners’ assessments of their own needs and skills, participatory monitoring and evaluation, and local knowledge systems?
  4. How does the project negotiate conflicting interests, e.g. between the learning needs and skills of various groupings within the local community, between the goals of the project and those of other learning initiatives in the locality, between the project and local government departments, between the project and financial partners ?
  5. Having read the project Discussion Brief/Concept Note, how does your own conceptualisation of ‘open learning communities’ reflect your experiences in the community school project?