The Population Education Project being funded by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), began in West Bengal in early 1984 through the NCERT. The Project was being implemented as an educational Project for Human Resource Development from 1984 to 2002 in West Bengal at the Secondary and Higher Secondary stages. This programme acquired significance for attainment of better quality of life through school education.
The Project was taken up by NCERT in 2004, as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme titled “Quality Improvement in Schools”. The major thrust areas of the Project in its reconceptualised form are:-
1) Population and sustainable development
2) Gender equality and equity for empowerment of women
3) Adolescent Reproductive Health
4) Family: socio-cultural factors and quality of life
5) Health and Education: key determinants of population change
6) Population, urbanization and migration
SCERT (WB) is the state level nodal agency for the implementation of the National Population Education Project. The project aims at inculcating values and developing different life skills in students so that they become responsible citizens of tomorrow. These objectives are to be achieved through organization of various co curricular activities in schools of the state.
The major activities under National Population Education Project now organized by SCERT(WB) are Advocacy Programme, Cocurricular Activities like Role Play Competition & Folk Dance Competition ; research activities, publication of Research reports, Monitoring of NPEP activities etc.