Our third article is based on the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW), often
considered as the “kid-neys” of Kolkata. They constitute an important
socio-ecological system providing a range of val-uable ecosystem services.
However, the system continues to be threatened by the rapid urban
sprawl and constant pressure from real estate. As EKW grapples with
the challenges of urbaniza-tion, the study, done by Ms. Madhureema
Auddy, uncovers the multifaceted impact of urbani-zation on the wetlands
and thus on people’s lives. The essay captures narratives of change in the
EKW and how society, in turn, responds to such transformations.
Fourth, we have Ms. Nupur Rastogi’s study which considers perspectives
of different stake-holders to study community engagement in schools in
a village in Jharkhand. She looks at the perceptions of the community
members on their own engagement with the school and closely analyses
the factors involved in this engagement.
The fifth article studies the relationships between a science museum
(Khoj Museum) and science curricula taught in two upper primary
schools in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Mr. Samrudh Dixit enquires into how
museums inculcate conceptual understanding in students and improve
their retention of concepts.
The sixth article is by an alumnus, Mr. Brihas Tiwari. The essay asks
a pertinent question: “Can low-fee private schools be an alternative to
government schools?” The answer to this, the author says, is multi-layered
and has to do with the social, economic, and political situation in the
country. He looks at the perceptions of society, quality of education, and
the responsibilities of the government in this respect and also proposes
some interventions to turn the situation around.
In the seventh article, Mr. Nityanand Rai presents the historical
evolution of the post-development theory from development theory. He
writes about the ideas of Gandhi and Marx and puts forth the similarities
and dissimilarities of their world views. He also goes on to show how Ivan
Illich, one of the pioneers of the post-development theory, draws his ideas
from Marx and Gandhi.
Next, in the eighth essay, Ms. Sariya Ali looks at female genital mutilation
(FGM) and female sexuality. The paper notes that FGM is practiced
in a number of communities across the world. The paper attempts to
understand the practice by exploring the ideological justifications for and
the acceptance of this practice. The essay details a number of interventions
to tackle FGM under-taken by organizations along with the members of
The last article in this edition is by Ms. Rituja Mistra. She reviews
a book written by Dr. Nitya Ghotge named Livestock and Livelihood. She
presents key points from the book highlighting how livestock is an
important aspect of rural livelihood across the Indian subcontinent. She
also critically analyzes various gaps in modern veterinary science and
examines the status of tradi-tional wisdom of livestock rearers.
As is evident, the above-mentioned papers cover a wide range in terms of
themes. This issue of SJED has been made possible by the contributions
of current students of Azim Premji University, members of its alumni
body, the journal’s Advisory Board, the Editorial Collective, and the
Coordination and Advocacy teams.
The Project Coordination and Advocacy Team, Students’ Journal of Education