Wealth funds can be a means of bridging the current gap that exists between state and private education while providing equality of opportunity for all students.
What Wealth Funds Can Provide
A wealth fund could transform educational provision, providing the resources for schools to incorporate world-class art, climbing walls, planetariums and 4D immersive rooms, to name just a few of the possibilities.
Such learning environments can help to inspire and challenge children, fostering creativity and providing engaging experiences.
The Education Wealth Fund
The EWF (Education Wealth Fund) has a Board of committed and talented members, including Sir Peter Birkett, as well as a growing number of celebrated patrons such as Chris Packham, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Professor Ian Golding.
The EWF’s Priorities
The five priorities of the EWF are: sustainability, the creative arts, peace, local culture, and mental health. In terms of the latter, the EWF believes the wellbeing of children should be paramount within educational establishments, and seeks to fund projects that transform learning environments into fulfilling and inspiring places.
The EWF supports the idea that schools should promote sustainability and responsible environmental practices, and that all children should have the opportunity to engage with British wildlife and nature.
For more information about how the EWF envisions incorporating caring for the natural environment and sustainability into schools, take a look at the embedded PDF.
Building Links with the Local Community
Understanding and celebrating the local community is another fundamental aim that the EWF endorses; to this end, the organisation wishes to fund projects that help schools strengthen a sense of identity that ties them to the culture and traditions of their locality.
The EWF believes that this approach will also promote the overall wellness and mental health of the children within these schools and communities.
The Creative Arts
The EWF supports the view that an emotionally rewarding education includes access to the creative arts – music, the visual arts, and drama – and that equality of access is fundamental to ensure cultural events are open to and attended by those from all backgrounds and every walk of life.
To this end, the EWF is committed to funding projects that uphold this aim, and to helping schools become the creative and inspiring institutions that they have the potential to be.