The Education of Young People - A statement at the dawn of the 21st century

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In its broadest sense, education is a lifelong process which enables the continuous development of a person’s capabilities as an individual and as a member of society. The purpose of education is to contribute to the full development of an autonomous, supportive, responsible and committed person. Education is provided through a number of channels; formal (e.g. schools), informal (e.g. family, peer groups, media) and non formal (e.g. youth movements, clubs). Each channel has a very significant part to play; all are interdependent and complementary. In view of the universal importance of the education of young people, the Chief Executive Officers of these organisations issue this joint statement based upon their experience and expertise in this field.

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