Etymologically, the word “education” is derived from the Latin word ēducātiō (“a breeding, a bringing up, a rearing”) from ēducō (“I educate, I train”) which is related to the homonym ēdūcō (“I lead forth, I take out; I raise up, I erect”) from ē- (“from, out of”) and dūcō (“I lead, I conduct”).


Other Latin words from which education is derived are educare, educere, and educatum.

“Education is the creation of a sound mind in a sound body” (Aristotle).

“Education is the capacity to feel pleasure and pain at the right moment” (Plato).

“Education means the bringing out of the ideas of universal validity which are latent in the mind of every person” (Socrates).


“Education is complete living” (Herbert Spencer).

The illiterate are those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn (Alvin Toffler).

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong or the successful and failures. I divide the world into learners and non-learners” (Benjamin Barber).

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” (Derek Bok).

“Education is a condition of human survival” (Snelson, 1974).





“In education, the term access typically refers to the ways in which educational institutions and policies ensure—or at least strive to ensure—that students have equal and equitable opportunities to take full advantage of their education”


“Access to education is at the heart of development …

Lack of education is part of the definition of poverty…”

Santa Maria School, Chilubi Island, Zambia [Courtesy: Stephen Nakasamu]

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