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Population Education b.ed notes | Characteristics of Population Education


Population Education: Meaning, Aims, Characteristics and Objectives.

Meaning of Population Education:

Population Education is an educational programme which provides for a study of population situation of the family, the community, nation, and world, with the purpose of developing rational and responsible attitude in the students towards that situation.

Population education is an exploration of knowledge and attitudes about population, family living, reproduction education and basic values. It means educating the students about large population or ever-increasing population.

Aims and objectives of population education:


1) To make the people aware about the size of population in India and to impress upon them its effects in the world contexts.

2) To tell the people how the solution of the problem relating to food, clothing, housing education etc. may be recognized by limiting the size of population.

3) To create confidence in the people in minimizing population explosion.

4) To propagate the idea that one himself can limit the size of his family and the birth of children should not be left on luck.

5) To explain the bad effects of population on the health of the mother and children.

Characteristics of population education:


1) Population education studies the impact of the increase in population of different age groups.

2) It studies the impact of the total population on the economic development of a country.

3) It helps the students to investigate and explore the interaction between population and environment.

4) To enable the students to describe the causes and consequences of population growth at the local, national and global level.

5) It provides solutions to population problems and makes human life happy.

Need and importance of population education:


1. Population education helps in removing blind believes that exists in the mind of people. People generally believe that children are gift of god.

2. Quality of life of people is directly linked with their economic conditions. The quality of Indian people is low because of large number of populations. For the maintenance of quality life this education is very essential.

3. Population education is essential for improving quality of general education.

4. It makes people aware how population affect social and economic development of a country.

5. Most of the people of village, illiterate people do not understand the economic value of birth control and family planning. Population education help in creating awareness among people and thus to stop unwanted birth.

Population Education in Educational Institution


1. In 1971, NCERT declared that population education should be started at the primary school stage continued till the secondary stage.

2. At primary stage concept of small family should be given to the children.

3. At the secondary stage, historical background of increasing population along with the data of population growth of different countries should be given.

4. At the college levels, knowledge on different parts of the body should be given concept of reproductive system should be included in the course of study.

5. Research scholars can research work on "population".

6. Population education can be included as a subject in different training centers.