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If lack of funding is not the only barrier to education, then funding is not the only solution

On the one hand, many young people will be deterred by the financial burden of attending university.  On the other hand, employers have little faith in cost free informal learning or it’s ability to prepare young people to work in the market place. Add this to problems accessing services, understanding how to negotiate for change, stereotyping, etc., and we paint a very bleak picture for the future.   We need to use the techniques for engaging with young people that work. And then we need to provide spaces for them to develop their learning far enough to create their own employment and other opportunities.

a strong economy cannot support free further education????

We’re now accepting that there exist multiple intelligences which aren’t completely cratered for within in the institutional education setting. We know that further education in this setting is not necessarily the best way for every individual. We’re also seeing more and more informal education being introduced as part of the public service. Only, employers need a formal guarantee that learners will be able to contribute to their bottom lines. Even the members of ‘circle of trust’ discussions want to know the facilitator has some form of qualification! People must be empowered to spend their time, money and energies in products and services in which they feel confident. The marketplace needs to be filled with empowered, active citizens, involved communities, critical thinkers and most of all, young people with high aspirations. Empowerment only comes through being engaged in further education. It’s having the confidence to use your leaning in order to create marketable solutions and impact on your environment. It is also about learning how to develop your learning.  The problem is, strong economies can’t exist without free further education. The challenge is going to be keeping education free.

think, before you think about thinking…

Quite possibly, it is not the job of our representatives to guide and protect our youth. Grants for councils to deliver social education out of school have been vastly reduced. Someone else will have to reclaim the responsibility for educating our young population. Schools are looking like the easiest solution, but free education will only stretch so far. Young people will need to think twice before they can even consider swanning about on a university campus expounding on ideals and pushing the boundaries of scholarship for scholarships sake.  They will need to be more responsible about the decisions they make with regard to furthering their academic experiences.  In other words, they will need to weigh the economic value of their future prospects as against their academic intent.

all of those in favour of a stronger economy say "aye"…

Worn down from the years of fighting our way through a recession, people are tired of the waste. We voted for a coalition government who would strengthen the economy and still take care of us.  We voted for moderation.  Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) the key to reaching moderation for us has been a harsh reality of the most severe cuts. Young people have born the brunt of the initial pain. They make up the largest group, straddling every part of the equalities strands,  that government seeks to safeguard. Laws have been made to protect them and yet they are the silent voices who had no real say in the matter. They have become the easiest targets.