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Informal Ways of Education

by Ana Mihajloska on 3rd June, 2013 at 3:34 PM CEST

Have you ever thought of educating yourself without the help of a college professor? There are a lot of ways in which you can do that! Of course, we, as C:F members are already aware of this and we know the benefits of informal education. From my experience with C:F by far, I must say that I am more than satisfied with the knowledge I got and skills I developed. And that can be achieved by everyone!

Informal education is a great complementary to formal education, and both of them combined result in a marvelous combo. However, in my opinion, formal education is necessary, but not essential. There are a lot of people who haven’t finished their academic education and are now important people in a lot of fields, among which is Bill Gates!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/suits/ very-successful-people-without -a-college-degree
 

So, even without the help of academia, one can gain knowledge and prosper, and there are a lot of ways in which one can do that. First and prime example are NGOs. For example, C:F offers not only an opportunity for one to gain more knowledge and skills, and broaden their horizons, but it also is very flexible and gives individuals a chance to explore their talents and promote themselves.

Furthermore, AIESEC, another global youth organization offers similar opportunities, helps youth develop their leadership potential, as well as gain knowledge in more areas like human resources, communications, finance, design etc.
 

While in the academic environment we don’t have enough space to express ourselves and show our real capacities, the informal environment gives us that opportunity.

There are a lot of examples of people who didn’t manage to finish their academic education because of different reasons: lack of money, lack of inspiration, wanting to change their field of study but not hot having the funds, family issues and lots more. These people have the desire to continue their education at some point in their life, but for some reasons they might not be able to do that.

That is why projects like Coursera exist. Coursera is an educational technology company offering massive open online courses founded by professors from Stanford University. Coursera works with universities to make some of their courses available online, and offers courses in engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, and other areas. (https://www.coursera.org/)
 

In addition, here is a TED talk about online education and its benefits.

 

Similar useful informal sources:

http://www.swarajuniversity.or g/

http://www.summerhillschool.co .uk/

https://www.edx.org/

http://www.tutorvista.com/

 

Bottom line is, if you don’t have the means to get to a college, it is not the end of the world! There are a lot of places where you can develop your skills and expand your knowledge, and the examples mentioned above are just a fraction of the possibilities that are out there. Explore and develop yourself by every possible means!

 

Ana Mihajloska, Writers Action Team #11

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Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Dear Ana !!!

Its really an extra ordinary writing work from your side regrding "Informal Ways of Education" .

very impressive and brilliant!!!!!!
keep it up

4th June, 2013 @ 8:09 AM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

In 2011, I made a short research on the future of learning and actually wrote an article about it: http://www.challengefuture.org /news/392

We haven't yet moved that far yet, but i agree with most that has been by Ana! Informal education is becoming more and more crucial and popular. And all of the links shared are quite awesome and worth checking out! :)

4th June, 2013 @ 12:05 PM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

Good one and I love the word you used "flexible" it makes learning easy, interesting and convienent.

4th June, 2013 @ 2:27 PM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

I totally agree with your insights and ideas about informal education. This kind of learning has become so crucial for personal and professional growth because it's mostly hands on, and enables people to gain practical life skills, as well industry relevant skills before the fully launch into their dream work. Nice one Ana!

11th June, 2013 @ 1:19 PM CEST

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