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close this bookThe Education for All Teacher-Training Package - Volume 2 (UNDP - UNESCO, 1995, 124 p.)
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The quality of human life depends on our ability to protect and enhance the environment, to control population processes such as fertility and migration, and to attain and maintain health. Basic development education is necessary for people of all ages, both in school and out of school. The present topic, therefore, seeks to examine how environmental, population and health issues can be incorporated into basic education using formal, non-formal and informal approaches.

The environment, population and health are major concerns in many countries today. Deforestation, soil erosion, dam siltation and river pollution are examples of problems whose magnitude is increasing every year. Societies need to be educated in the fragile nature of the environment and in the key physical and social principles indispensable for the proper management of natural ecosystems. In many developing countries the population continues to grow at a rate much faster than their economic growth. Outbreaks of cholera and malaria and the threatening catastrophe of AIDS serve to underscore the need for effective basic health education for all as an essential complement to efforts being made in the medical field.

In quality of life and sustainable development education the impact made by the school community as a whole is of great importance. What children learn in the classroom depends for its effectiveness on the nature of the curriculum as well as on the skids of the teachers. What is learned incidentally from being in a school community, through its ethics, policies, physical structures, regard for human relationships and dignity, should support and promote further development of what is taught in classroom lessons. The concept of a ‘health-promoting school’ embodying a comprehensive school health education Programme is an example of an approach of this kind.