Supporting Education: The Vital Ingredient is the theme of our latest issue of Australian Philanthropy, issue 70 Spring 2008.
“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” Nearly ninety years after HG Wells wrote these words, they remain lamentably relevant. Education is one of the most beneficial investments that individuals can make in themselves and that society can make in its people. Pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, alternative schools and community-based education centres, TAFE and adult education providers – all can be agents for individual transformation, increasing social cohesion and community capacity-building. Yet even in our prosperous country, education systems and standards are failing to live up to their potential.
This issue of Australian Philanthropy explores philanthropic support for education: how can philanthropy strengthen public education, when most donors can’t fund government schools? What initiatives are leading the way in supporting Indigenous or remote students? And what cross-sectoral benefits – economic, social, community - accrue from higher retention rates? This 70th issue of Australian Philanthropy is devoted to philanthropy and education.
Oct. 31, 2008
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