Education is about teaching and learning skills and knowledge. Education also means helping people to learn how to do things and encouraging them to think about what they learn. It is also important for educators to teach ways to find and use information.
Through education, the knowledge of society, country, and of the world is passed on from generation to generation. In democracies, through education, children and adults are supposed to learn how to be active and effective citizens.
More specific, education helps and guide individuals to transform from one class to other. Empowered individuals, societies, countries by education are taking edge over individuals stand on bottom pyramid of growth.
Types of education[change | change source]
There are different methods of categorizing types of education. One way is to divide it into formal education, non-formal education, and informal education.
Formal education[change | change source]
Formal education is usually in school, where a person may learn basic, academic, or trade skills. Small children often attend a nursery or kindergarten but often formal education begins in elementary school and continues with secondary school. Post-secondary education (or higher education) is usually at a college or university which may grant an academic degree.
Non-formal education[change | change source]
Non-formal education includes adult basic education, adult literacy education or school equivalency preparation. In nonformal education an adult (or a youth who is not in school) can learn literacy, other basic skills or job skills.
Informal education[change | change source]
There is also informal education. For example, a parent teaches a child how to prepare a meal or ride a bicycle. People can also get an informal education by reading many books from a library or educational websites. Informal education is when you are not studying in a school and do not use any particular learning method.
Public schooling[change | change source]
Public schools provide a free education through the government. Parents are free to let their children receive private education, but they must pay for it. In some poorer places, some children cannot go to school, because their countries do not make education available in their countries, because their families do not have enough money, or because the children have to work hard to earn the money, or because the society have negative prejudice on education for girls.
Countries like India, where private school took place state run schools due to poor government budget has lead to ignorance. It has lead to a trend of enrolling their children in such private schools. The upper class is the most able to enroll in private schools and poorer classes are less able to. Private schooling also introduced a fierce competition within students, which further increases a trend of private home tutors, and there are many companies like www.metroteachers.com, engage in India and other countries; which provide Home Tutors/Online Teaching.
Education in different countries[change | change source]
In England there are primary and secondary schools, which are government funded. Secondary schools, such as college and university tend to have very low tuition costs.