Community is an informal and active agency of education. It is defined as a group of families settled together in a particular area with more or less common practices, ideals, ideas, values and culture. It is a dynamic form of organization for the betterment and progress of its individuals. It provides general and liberal from of education by socializing its members. There is also a better coordination between school and community and home and community.
The chief educational functions of community are given in the following headings:
Educational Functions of Community:
(1) Increasing attendance in school:
Community helps in increasing attendance and enrollment of the students in school by motivating its members.
(2) Providing physical facilities:
It helps in providing physical facilities like buildings, teaching aids, teachers and other elements for better education for the community school.
(3) Financing education:
It provides financial assistance or donations for educational purpose. It seeks helps from different generous individuals for extending their support for educational development of the community.
(4) Maintaining good atmosphere in school:
Community takes the responsibility of school and helps in maintaining discipline, and decorum in institution. It also helps in farming timetable of the schools taking the needs of the community.
(5) Providing media of informal education:
Community extends support for all-round development of its members in the school through its informal agencies like museums, art galleries, libraries, music drama centers, recreation centers, religious and secular institution, etc.
Therefore, community helps the school in different ways for the educational development of its members. The learned and qualified students render their service for the development of the community. So both community and school are closely related and interconnected for a greater mission of the society i.e., creation of a learning society.