Education – The Key Role of Informal Education

Education is an educational process by which students acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, attitudes, and learning habits. Educational systems include training, teaching, story telling, teaching and guided research. These processes develop and nurture children’s individual learning ability and encourage them to become responsible citizens. In today’s highly progressive and competitive society, education is an essential element for societal success and advancement.


The role of education in shaping a child’s personality, identity, career, and character is well recognized. However, many people believe that formal education are all that are necessary for shaping societal attitudes, values and actions. While it is true that formal schooling provides children with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the formal workforce, little is said about the important role of informal education. From early childhood through the teen years, the influence of parents, teachers, peers and media are powerful and pervasive. It is during this time that a child’s attitude and disposition towards learning are formed and it is this “informal” part of the learning process that can have a significant impact on the child’s later life.

Informal education can be described as any learning process that occurs in the context of the family, community or school. It differs from formal education in the sense that it does not require a student to attend class, grade, pass tests or receive grades. Informal education is the result of the interactions between people, not a teacher instructing students in a prescribed curriculum or classroom. Some examples of informal learning processes include: conversation, sports, role playing games, simple games, musical theater, dance, nature, computer games, problem solving, cooking, gardening, babysitting, watching television, communicating with others and participating in community activities.

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