Teacher guide Urban sanitation in India

TLF ID M013795

This is a case study about an approach to the provision of a water supply and sanitation project that involves the local community of Bangalore in the project's design and implementation. It includes sections on Bangalore's expanding needs for water; consequences of a growing population and inadequate infrastructure; and limited access to safe water and adequate sanitation services for residents who are often unable to find affordable housing near places of work and consequently live in slums. The section on the project in the slum describes the environmental and social qualities of the place; the involvement of the community in project design and implementation; the strategies used in the project; and the environmental and social-change results achieved. The resource also includes links to information about India: its economy, geography and government; an image gallery; and a map.

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Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for the unit of study in year 10 geography about environmental change and management. It is particularly relevant to the content descriptions about the application of human-environment systems thinking to the causes of environmental change; the importance and application of considering economic viability, environmental benefit and social justice when proposing sustainable solutions; and the application of geographical concepts and skills to the management of environmental change. The case study about the approach taken for the provision of a sustainable water supply and sanitation services that involves the local community of Bangalore is important for these content descriptions.
  • It is also relevant to the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority, particularly the fourth and eighth organising ideas that world views that recognise the dependence of living things on healthy ecosystems, and value diversity and social justice are essential for achieving sustainability; and designing action for sustainability requires balanced judgments based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts.
  • The resource is relevant to the Intercultural understanding general capability. The information and visual resources encourage thinking about people's access to water and sanitation services, and the role that education and participation can play in empowering people to work for a sustainable future.
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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