This collection provides multiple perspectives regarding the possibility of creating sustainable education practices that are integrated into and relevant to the needs and practices on a global scale. It also focuses on the failure of traditional education to address the problems of globalization. The articles conceive sustainable development education as focusing on the holistic development of the body and mind, encompassing a wide range of issues. This idea is also central to the Gandhian tradition of life knowledge and Nai Talim (New Education). The uniqueness of this compilation is in the multiple perspectives it provides, establishing workable links between local communities, governments, and international organizations that would enable sustainable human development.
Premodern Indigenous Practitioners' Dilemmas in a Postmodern Globalized World
Interest in indigenous knowledge is increasing as the general public and the policy makers observe the onslaught of problems associated with modern life. Traditional medicine is explored for use in the treatment of HIV/AIDS; indigenous knowledge is utilized in the service of agriculture and biodiversity conservation; strategies for the validation and protection of indigenous knowledge systems are being developed.1 It is finally being acknowledged that we have left behind valuable resources along this road to progress and ‘developmenty. This chapter, in general, explores and reclaims indigenous childbirth knowledge’, with specificity to the Indian subcontinent. First, I will briefly (and critically) address the current scenario of how the ...