We’ve heard from the ABC recently that all is not well in our public schools, with more students choosing private over public institutions for the first time.
A solution is at hand however with a new foundation launched this year called the Raising Hope Education Foundation, with Eden Monaro MP Mike Kelly as patron.
The foundation promises to “step in to renew equity and optimism in local schools.” Encouraging Canberrans to contribute to an “endowment fund“, programs will be rolled out in 2012 including “tutoring local students, building local schools and helping with our first Raising Hope School Conference.” It doesn’t stop there though with plans for:
“a community initiative to bring school mums dads together with builders from the local community to help improve our schools. Through working together with businesses around the region, schools can improve the atmosphere at their school by providing small upgrades, gardens, chicken sheds or play equipment for younger students.”
“Another key project” planned is working with P&C organisations to create “school pride projects” using engraved bricks to build walls, pave entrances and create school gardens… essential for improving the pride students have in their school. Less essential I would think for fixing the mould at Farrer Primary.
And where does the funding for this come from… $20-30/mth “from local teachers and parents to businesses and university students“. Because underpaid teachers want to spend their income on underfunded schools. I’m sure most readers now can see how much this smacks of late night televangelists seeking donations to send water and bibles to Africa.
It raises a question though Rioters, are our public schools failing and if so, what role should grass roots efforts play in improving them? What more can/should we do?