World Population Day, which takes place on July 11th annually, is an international day recognized by the United Nations. It aims to highlight the significance of population-related concerns. The United Nations created the day as a result of the overwhelming public interest in Five Billion Day in 1987. 

The purpose of World Population Day is to draw attention to the mounting issues that come with an expanding global population. In light of the unsustainable rate at which the world's resources are being used up, overpopulation is a serious problem. It is important to be aware of how population growth affects development and the environment.

Population in Tanzania

Tanzania had over 10 million people at independence in 1961. Today, that is over 63 million, projected to rise to 130 million by 2050. The high rate of population growth is driven by a persistently high level of fertility, reduced mortality, and low international net migration.

In Tanzania, physical ill health, and cultural malaise have been the main effects of overcrowding and overurbanization in urban population centers. Additionally, the country has high youth unemployment and most of its families still depend on agriculture for their survival. Although the country has immense potential to grow economically, the rapid population growth amplifies the difficulties in improvements in standards of living due to malnutrition and poverty in the country. 

World Population Day 2022

The theme for The World Population day 2022 is "A World of Eight Billion: Toward a Resilient Future for All - Harnessing Opportunities and Ensuring Rights and Choices for All."

The world population topped 7 billion people in 2011, and it will soon reach 8 billion. Health improvements have increased lifespans and decreased mother and child mortality. The focus of World Population Day in 2022 will be on building a robust future for all 8 billion people, seizing opportunities, and securing everyone's rights and freedom of choice.

The link between population and education

Being in a classroom with 20 students is typical for most students, but being in a classroom with 150+ students is an example of how overcrowding affects education. Education overcrowding has a significant negative impact on children. The distractions around them and the way the children are taught have an impact on them as do the desperate lack of basic resources such as desks, books, paper and pencils. Everyone on the planet is impacted by overpopulation, but developing nations such as Tanzania are disproportionately affected. 

The impact of EdUKaid’s work

EdUKaid’s work in improving school environments as well as sanitation and hygiene levels in Tanzania has significantly helped in creating awareness about education in the country. This ties into the awareness of high population levels in the citizens because they are provided with resources that help them learn about this. Most importantly, our efforts towards keeping girls in education will continue to have a positive effect on the population of the country because they will be educated about the positive and negative effects of reproduction. 

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