Population Education




For population education to be useful to people, it must adopt an approach that will touch the aspects and factors concerning population growth. Some of these concepts include national growth rate, dependency ratio, percentage of unemployment or high density need to be translated in terms of the individual, his own family and his own village or immediate community. Aside from these, reproduction which is the main tool of the population growth should also be given a great interest of learning.

Man and Woman’s sexuality should be given understanding and the process by which reproduction took place resulting to the growth of population. People should likewise be knowledgeable about adopting the various population control methods.

An IPPF publication (Muriuki, 1979) notes, “young people are today living in a rapidly changing world where they are faced with many problems and pressures ranging from early childbearing and lock of employment opportunities, to the difficulties arising from the changing structure of the family and the community.

In the same vein, the report of an international consultation on adolescent fertility (IPPF, 1984) stresses, “every society has a responsibility to prepare adolescents of both sexes for the world they will live in and this should include teaching them about sexuality and reproduction. Attitudes developed during childhood and youth will influence the whole way of life of future generations, including the outcome of their pregnancies and their ability to be good parents… Emotional and social needs should not be forgotten…”


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