STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTIONS FOR ADVANCING RURAL DEVELOPMENT: A MULTIFACETED APPROACH TO DIVERSE KNOWLEDGE MODALITIES
Abstract: The educational system in West Bengal is characterised by a well-organized and targeted approach aimed at augmenting pupils' cognitive understanding. Although policy papers in West Bengal emphasize education as a catalyst for growth and social change, the tangible incorporation of pioneering initiatives into official policies and practices has not yet occurred. Drawing upon several research studies and field observations, this study attempts to elucidate the aforementioned phenomenon. Moreover, drawing on the experience in West Bengal, this study contends that it is imperative to recognise local practises of knowledge and education as legitimate forms of knowledge and education. This acknowledgement would enhance the understanding of knowledge outside the confines of formal and non-formal educational systems. This observation would enable us to see that knowledge exists in several forms, rather than being singular. In the contemporary era characterised by globalisation, it is essential for individuals to possess information that facilitates their connection with the broader global community, beyond their own spheres of existence. Simultaneously, it is essential to place significance on individuals' knowing and educating practises, acknowledge the significance of all types of knowledge, and cease the dichotomous and demeaning practise of categorising individuals as illiterate, a term that has been assigned to a substantial portion of the population.