Informal and formal Education

Informal and formal Education

Education is a gradual process which brings positive changes in the human life and behavior. We can also define education as “a process of acquiring knowledge through study or imparting the knowledge by way of instructions or some other practical procedure”.

Type of Education

Informal Education is:

1. Life long process.

2. Individual learns from daily experiences.

3. Individual learns from exposure to the environment at home, at work, at play etc.

Non Formal Education is:


2. Life environment and learner oriented .

3. Diversified in content and method.

4. Non-authoritarian and

5. Built on learner participation.

6. It mobilizes local resources .

7. It enriches human and environmental a potential.

E.g. Agricultural Extension.

Difference between Formal and Informal Education:

SR . NO Formal Informal
1 There are definite rules and regulations and generally they are in written form. Disobeying of this result to severe consequences. There are no rules and regulations and hence the question of disobeying does not arise.
2 There is definite time and fixed place for teaching. The procedure of teaching is also fixed. It can be given at any time. No fix procedure for teaching.
3 There is fix syllabus about the subject matter. There is no fix syllabus.
4 The level of educational qualifications, experience and age of learner is almost same There is considerable difference in the level of age, experience and educational qualification.


In a village generally primary school acts as an educational institution. The basic knowledge like reading, writing, arithmetic etc. is imparted to rural children in school.

At present primary education in the villages is looked after by the Zilla Parishad.

Leave a Reply