What is the purpose of education?

The fundamental purpose of education is to teach a person to read and write, that is to make him literate. Reading abilities that are acquired in school go a long way in enabling an individual to read more and more. And every bit read, is a new lesson learned. The fundamentals of science and math which one acquires during school are pillars on which his understanding of life is based. How did you know the Earth is round? Who told you why the sky looks blue? How did you know 2 + 2 is 4? How did you know you have 10 fingers, two eyes and a nose? It’s through education that you learned about yourself and the world around you. That’s the basic purpose of education – to make an individual aware.

Education helps an individual acquire social skills, which enable him to interact with people around, maintain social relations and blend well with others in society. Educations are an individual’s tool to thrive in society. As a part of the educational system, every individual learns with a group of other individuals of his age. Throughout education, he is part of a larger group. These years expose him to competition. This is when an individual tastes both successes and failures. Education also helps in the building of interpersonal skills. This is what education is aimed at – development of social skills.

An aim for education is to develop each child’s potential to the fullest so that he or she can perform in the best way they possibly can. It is also important to create a opportunity of life long learning for the learner.


About Monique

I am a PGCE student at the University of Pretoria. I completed my BA Degree in Education and Psychology in 2011. I like going to the movies and taking long walks on the beach......

One thought on “What is the purpose of education?

  1. I agree with this article, as I myself am studying to become a teacher I often wonder what I would answer if someone had to ask me this question and this article is the perfect answer. Without education we will struggle to survive in the world and that is why I believe educators are very important people to allow learning to take place and have an impact on the future.

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