Today, people are faced with many challenges when they decide to pursue their education, not the least of which is finance. Those of us who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s benefited from the provision of Government grants, albeit means-tested, that went a long way towards paying for higher education. Students, then, could concentrate on their studies, without the need to worry overmuch about finance, nor the necessity to take on additional part-time work.
Today, the situation is very different. Students often have to work part-time, thereby diverting their energies from study, and yet they still leave University or College with substantial debt.
Perhaps, even more depressingly, many are put off from further education because of the financial implications. We believe this is not only unfortunate for the individual, but is also hugely negative for the future of the country. The quotation on this page sums up a lot of what we believe at Acorn – education is an investment in the future, not an expense to be minimised.
“The great French Marshall, Lyautey, once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, “in that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!”” – as told by J.F. Kennedy