| Population Education
Content and Methodology
Riaz Shakir Khan
Institute of Advanced Studies in Education
Jamia Millia Islamia
Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, India.
Over-population has been one of the burning problems in India. Efforts have been made by the Government to solve the problem through various health measures. But it is still a "huge challenge" as has been visualised in UN Report on the State of the World Population (1997). Hence a sustainable, equitable and vital balance between human numbers and available resources is to be maintained. The Report clearly states that for population control the freedom of choice has to be left to individuals. UNFPA Director Nafis Sadik endorses the view saying that, "There is only one acceptable way to slow population growth and that is through freedom of choice. That means paying close attention to individual needs, reproductive health, education and equality between women and men."
In the above perspective, alongwith other efforts, Population Education as an educational innovation being experimented in India since early 70s can play a potential role in addressing population problem. Realising its importance, Modified NPE, 1992 states, "Population Education must be viewed as an important part of nations strategy to contain the growth of population."
Although being such an important field, not much literature is available. One has not come across a book which covers all the aspects of the area. Moreover, the concept of Population Education itself has been changing frequently as a result of changes in the perception of population phenomenon and its relationships with development variable, requiring a fresh look on the subject.
Keeping the above points in mind, an effort has been made in this book Population Education: Content and Methodology to cover the recent trends and issues relating to the content and methodology of Population Education.
The present work was planned in consultation with experts who know the nerves of the field. Two workshops were organised for development of the outline and guidelines for writing the book.
My special thanks are due to the authors of various chapters and also to the Reviewers of the chapters namely Prof. J.L. Pandey, Prof. Aslam Mahmood and Prof R.S. Khan.
The book would not have come in the present shape without wholehearted cooperation extended by Prof. J.L. Pandey, National Coordinator, Population Education Project, at every stage of the development of the book.
It is hoped that the book will prove useful for teacher-educators, school teachers, student teachers and other interested in the field.
Riaz Shakir Khan