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Education is defined as organised and sustained communication designed to bring about learning.

Communication in this context requires a relation between two or more persons involving the transfer of information (messages, ideas, knowledge, strategies, etc.).

Organised means planned in a pattern or sequence with established aims or curricula and which involves an educational agency that organises the learning situation and/or teachers who are employed (including unpaid volunteers) to consciously organise the communication.

Sustained means that the learning experience has the elements of duration and continuity.

Learning is taken as any change in behaviour, information, knowledge, understanding, attitudes, skills, or capabilities which can be retained and cannot be ascribed to physical growth or to the development of inherited behaviour patterns.

Source Publication:
2001 Data Collection on Education Systems: Definitions, Explanations and Instructions, UNESCO, OECD, Eurostat, page 28.

Statistical Theme: Education and training statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, March 4, 2003