Word for Wednesday: Education

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Friday January 24th January marks International Day of Education

The word education is used to describe the activities of imparting or acquiring knowledge or skill, usually in a formal setting like school or university. International Day of Education honours ‘education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development.’ Education is a human right that offers children ‘a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future’. Despite this, ‘about 265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school.’ This year International Day of Education will celebrate ‘learning for people, planet, prosperity, and peace’. You can learn more here

The word education dates back to the 1530s when it meant both ‘child-rearing’ and ‘the training of animals’. At first – when talking about children – education referred to the teachings of manners and social conduct, and later, from the 1610s, it started being used to refer to formal training for work.

Spellzone is used worldwide and we hope our technology will continue to provide educational opportunities for more and more people. Our new multiplayer game feature means you can play against other spellers from around the world. Why not try playing Against the Clock with someone use one of our Education spelling lists

Other Sources: The Online Etymology Dictionary

22 Jan 2020
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