As a civilization develops, knowledge is passed down from generation to generation. In more developed areas this takes the form of formal schooling in structured institutions. As one departs from the city, more familial education becomes the norm.
In Trinity Bay, there are a multitude of public schools open to all Horizon Alliance citizens. The curriculum covers a wide variety of basic topics. Wealthy or influential citizens may acquire the services of a private tutor. These tutors are often strict as their reputation is dependent upon results, and their lesson plan is generally comparably grueling. Because of the availability of education, it can be generally assumed that most people you meet will have a basic level of education and will be literate.
After the common schooling, there are few options for further education. Most trades that require specific knowledge (blacksmithing, shipping, clock repair, etc) masters will take on apprentices and teach them on the job. There is the Academy of the Whistlers, known for attracting exceptional or adventurous individuals. There is also the Mystic Halls, the mysterious institution where citizens gifted or skilled in the arcane arts learn to control their abilities.
Frontier communities might have a smaller schoolhouse for local families but the lesson plan is often reduced, if there is one at all. Children have less time to devote to schooling when they are still expected to perform chores and duties essential to surviving the brave new land. Whistlers who pend time in towns will often spend time sharing tidbits or knowledge in-between stories to help.
The Mahi Tahi have a similar, if more consuming, approach to the teaching of their youth. When a young child’s scales have fully hardened, they are considered old enough to begin formal schooling. They have three stages. The first is a local community curriculum that teaches them the basics of life, religion, and history. Once a youth has completed his coursework, he travels to the regional academy to choose from wider variety of subjects. They are not expected to, and cannot feasibly, learn all of them, but the wide variety of choices ensures there’s almost always something to draw the attention.
Once a Mahi-Tahi citizen has completed his academy years, his obligated schooling has been completed. After that, the attendance of a focused college is optional. These are more specific to that college’s choice of lessons and typically have an underlying theme ( archaeology, music, civic design, etc).
Due to the larger population of the Mahi-Tahi, citizens who show arcane potential have multiple institutions to choose between when (and if) they elect to pursue their talents. The competition between the masters of these sanctums is fierce, and not always polite.