Soil and Water Conservation
Promoting Regeneration of Rural Villages

Manpower Cultivation in Rural Villages

Rural village human resources development is about fostering local talent and realizing the bottom-up model of village regeneration. Starting from 2004, the Bureau has conducted grassroots training. The aim is that through training, an awareness among local people of the need for development can be inculcated, so that they can achieve a sustainable mode of life, production and habitat preservation. The goal is to encourage self-learning and the fostering of local talent in the areas of organization planning and leadership, to enable planning and implementation for villages with development potential. The Bureau hopes that through continuous grassroots training, and by bringing together local people to promote village regeneration, communities will be able to find a consensus on a direction for future development. 

In 2010, article 30 of the Rural Regeneration Act states that before villages draw up a regeneration plan, they must first accept grassroots training. The grassroots development curriculum is divided into four phases that begin with Local Concerns, then moves on to Intermediate, Core Members, and Regeneration. Teaching materials vary according to the needs of each district’s characteristics and its prospects. Design and arrangement of classes is customized so that people can move progressively through various levels. The community first recognizes its local concerns, learning from the example of others and seeing how this might apply to themselves, then moving on to an intermediate stage where they seek to truly understand themselves. Then, in the Core Members class, action is taken to realize some of the goals that the community has outlined, organizing activities, hiring workers and purchasing materials, and actively taking part in construction. In the final Regeneration class, the vision outlined by community members is gradually realized, and is on track to becoming a sustainable development project. In addition, courses to train rural village regeneration specialists are also organized to create a core cadre of community leaders. Instructors are invited to village communities to teach as part of a zero-distance hands-on policy, with the venue for classes selected by the community. This should ensure that a greater number of community members are able to take part in the training, and reinforce confidence in their own ideas and vision, concentrating their effort and fostering a spirit of self-reliance. By drawing on the vitality and passion of local residents, more villages can be regenerated from within.