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.
Squaring National Pride with Tolerance: A Lesson for School Textbooks
The countries of South Asia have in the last century gone through the exhilaration of achieving independence and also the anguish of fragmentation. When the subcontinent became two independent countries—India and Pakistan—their resources, material, and intellectual, also got divided. School and university courses were not changed, but it was clear that the contents of history textbooks would have to be modified. Indian history should be written from an ‘Indian’ point of view. A decade earlier, in the 1930s, South Asian historians had launched an ambitious ‘comprehensive history’ in many volumes, as an indigenous response to the multi-volume Cambridge History of India.1 ...