Discussion of methods of family planning employed, using education and female sterilization to reduce the birth rate in Kerala, India - a case study on population controls in an LEDC (Lesser Economically Developed Country).

First broadcast:
28 April 2006

Students could use this clip as a case study on the impact of educating women to reduce the fertility rate, and as a consequence the birth rate. They should analyse the causes and consequences of a range of factors which led to a high birth rate before intervention, using a fishbone diagram. Ask them to consider a range of birth control options, and rank their choices giving justification. They could then compare them with the choices taken by the women in Kerala. Learners could predict and then research the outcomes after intervention. In order to produce a comparative report, they could investigate and contrast the situation with the UK, together with other examples from a range of countries at different levels of development. Could be used as part of a unit on changing populations or on development and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.