Formal, Nonformal and Informal Education

2605 Words Jan 26th, 2018 10 Pages
To understand why informal education is getting more and more relevant today, one must first be clear as to what the definitions of each is. The problematics of formal education are giving way to non formal/informal education so a distinction must be made first and foremost. I will then go on to discuss the example of Saudi Aramco and how it integrated education as a prerequisite for its employees and even non employees. I chose this topic because, first and foremost, my father has been and still is an employee at Saudi Aramco for the past 33 years, but also because the particular company has not left a stone untouched when it comes to encouraging “self-development”. This is a word I used to see all the time growing up in Saudi Aramco, where I was born. I never really knew how important this term was until I came to AUB. Also, my father spent the first 10+ years at Aramco teaching employees everything from Chemistry to Math and English and even how to type! But first, definitions:
Formal education, the most common and obvious type of education, ‘…corresponds to a systematic, organized education model, structured and administered according to a given set of laws and norms, presenting a rather rigid curriculum as regards objectives, content and methodology.’ (Zaki Dib 1987:1) It requires students to ‘physically’ attend classes a ‘minimum’ number of times and is administered with a rigid…