Diversity and Change
Welcome to the Population Project! The population project is all about people, and our focus this year will be on diversity and change.
We are lucky, because we live in one of the most diverse, fastest-changing countries in the world. When people think about India’s languages and religions. India’s constitution recognizes 22 official languages and there are hundreds of other smaller languages spoken here as well. India is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Millions of Indians follow other religions as well, including Islam and Christianity. But India is diverse in other ways; just look at the street: how many kinds of transportation do you see? Where else do you see street vendors selling snacks in the shade of modern office buildings?
India is also one of the fastest-changing places in the world. For example, we are in the middle of one of the largest migrations of people on the planet–all over India, people are leaving their villages and coming to cities like New Delhi. Some are working as doctors or nurses in hospitals; some are building new hospitals. Some are driving cars to work, some are taking the metro–and others are here to build new metro lines.
There are other kinds of change as well. More young people are learning English, for example. And Hindi is changing as well: just watch the news and listen for the number of English words you here on a Hindi channel. That wouldn’t have been true 60 years ago. Ten years ago, you’d rarely, if ever, see a woman riding a motor scooter, now you see that every day if you look. Ideas are changing also: if you read the newspaper or social media, you’ll see that not a day goes by where people don’t argue about any number of things, from economic policy to the best way to stop violence against women.
How does the Population Project Work?
The POP project is a chance to study different aspects of Indian life through a variety of lenses. How cool is that? You’ll get to focus on something that interests you. Perhaps you’ll look at an initiative, like programs to give bicycles to girls so they can attend secondary school. How is it working? What more could be done? What does it teach us?
Or maybe you’ll look at a problem like air quality. What are it’s causes, effects and possible solutions?
The PoP is an integrated, inter-disciplinary capstone project from the American Embassy School that pulls together concepts and skills from all your Grade 8 classes under one “umbrella.” Once you have chosen your Topic and Focus, you will create a set of products that fall within that focus.
Here is the Korean translation of the Introduction Presentation: