Taylor Swift, the artist behind the song “Nothing New” (see Nothing New (Taylor’s Version) Chords here) has made a student ‘over the moon’ with a random act of kindness, by paying £23,000 to confirm she could attend university. Vitoria Mario – who moved from Portugal to the united kingdom four years ago – founded an internet fundraiser after finding she couldn’t afford to require a maths course at the University of Warwick, as maintenance loans or grants weren’t available to her. Vitoria says that she wasn’t able to speak English when she moved to the united kingdom in 2016, but, after learning English, she left school with two A*s in maths and in her A-levels, an A in physics.
Swift, who often gifts her fans in times of need, saw the fundraiser online and decided to hide the remaining amount of the £40,000 target. ‘Vitoria, I discovered your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality,’ Swift wrote, alongside the donation. ‘I want to gift you the remainder of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.’
Swift isn’t the sole music star helping the longer-term generation through education. Earlier in the week, it absolutely was announced Stormzy had donated £500,000 to fund scholarships for college students from disadvantaged backgrounds as a part of his commitment to pledge £10m to black British causes. What will cover the value of awarding cash grants to about 50 students is Stormzy’s donation to the Black Heart Foundation, to those – at any age – who need financial assistance to require part in any education. He already awards annual scholarships for 2 black students to attend the University of Cambridge, paying not only their tuition, but their living costs too.
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While Swift and, specifically, Stormzy, are both going above and beyond their duty to assist – it shouldn’t need to be the place of popstars to assist disadvantaged children to get a decent education when the simplest education at private schools is obtained, and university, whether or not funded, isn’t always an option for a few, with a survey last year from the National Student Accommodation Survey finding that half students can’t cover their rent with their student loan. The very fact that Vitoria couldn’t get financial backing, despite living in this country for four years and doing her A-Levels here, seems woefully unfair; her fundraiser was to acquire accommodation, a laptop, textbooks, and general living costs.
And then there’s our government who fucked up last week’s A-level results so spectacularly, that after protests and outrage, that they had to try to do a U-turn after 39 percent of the A-level grades predicted by teachers in England are downgraded by the algorithm. It hit children in disadvantaged areas the toughest, with those at private schools who could afford education doing better.
Now, GCSE and A level results are switched to teacher estimates – like they must be graded within the first place. While the U-turn came into effect before the GCSE results came out yesterday, it absolutely was too late for several university-age teenagers, who had already attempted to prepare their offers after the fiasco. Has the education secretary resigned over it? No, although I reported that Gavin Williamson did offer his resignation, Boris Johnson wouldn’t accept it.
With the highest education during this country being got, it depressingly seems like some students are visiting must depend upon donations – some from the likes of popstars – for the nowadays.