Education is about teaching, 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. This may include education in morality, for example learning how to act as loyal, honest and effective citizens.
Education may help and guide individuals from one class to other. Educated individuals and groups can do things that the less educated cannot.
Primary (or elementary) education consists of the first five to seven years of formal, structured education.
In most contemporary educational systems of the world, secondary education comprises the formal education that occurs during adolescence.
Tertiary education is normally taken to include undergraduate and postgraduate education, as well as vocational education and training.
Alternative learning environments may be found within state, charter, and independent schools as well as home-based learning environments.
Indigenous education specifically focuses on teaching indigenous knowledge, models, methods, and content within formal or non-formal educational systems.
Informal learning occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and shared relationships among members of society.
Open education and electronic technology
Open education is fast growing to become the dominant form of education, for many reasons such as its efficiency and results compared to traditional methods. Cost of education has been an issue throughout history, and a major political issue in most countries today.
The education sector or education system is a group of institutions (ministries of education, local educational authorities, teacher training institutions, schools, universities, etc.