Education and Water Conflicts in Pune, India

  • Stephanie LederEmail author
Part of the Education for Sustainability book series (EDFSU)


This chapter reflects on India’s educational system and environmental challenges that have the potential to be addressed through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). I examine the development, reforms, and structure of India’s educational system with a particular focus on environmental education and the principal role of textbooks in classroom teaching. I discuss the relevance of ESD in India using the example of water resource conflicts. The importance of geography as central subject for ESD-oriented water education in schools is highlighted. To demonstrate the relevance of the topic “water conflicts” as a challenge to sustainable development, I outline the growing water demands as well as intra-urban disparities of water access and controversies on causes of insufficient water supply. I focus in particular on the example of the emerging megacity of Pune.


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  1. 1.University of CologneCologneGermany

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