Title: The role of sustainable progressive education in poverty reduction in India

Authors: Anandita Ahuja

Addresses: Soka University Japan, 1 Chome-236 Tangimachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-8577, Japan

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to emphasise the urgency of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 1, i.e., no poverty. The approach used to give poverty reduction techniques is given by underlining the importance of quality education (SDG number 4) in poverty alleviation in three areas namely, social exclusion, health and hygiene and income growth. The paper uses a theoretical approach to give a hypothesis on changes required in the existing Indian educational system, with focus on inclusion of humanistic education and well-being. The hypothesis stated here is called sustainable progressive education and is supported by ideas on the capability development approach by economist Amartya Sen. There is also a mention of the states of Bihar and Assam in India that put a heavy weight on the world's population and on poverty. Towards the conclusion, the paper focuses on framework and ideas to implement the discussed improvements in the educational institutions.

Keywords: poverty; education; sustainability; humanism; capability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSS.2021.124941

International Journal of Society Systems Science, 2021 Vol.13 No.4, pp.308 - 328

Received: 07 Apr 2020
Accepted: 10 May 2021

Published online: 18 Aug 2022 *

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