I admire the philanthropists who devote their time and wealth towards a specific cause, in an effort to solve it once and for all. I also wish that I was that optimistic about the causes that I believe in, but I’m not. Perhaps my goals are too wide. There is no single cure for most social problems, rather I believe in the continuous and ongoing work that is necessary to build and improve on the good that we find in the world around us. One of the three pillars of the Nick Maughan Foundation is education and we are funding enhanced educational experiences for talented young people who would otherwise not get them.
Through a targeted approach, be it at a community, an individual school or even an individual pupil, real impact can be achieved. It isn’t universal, but the ripple effect is powerful.
A programme providing scholarships for talented children from some of the worst-off backgrounds to go to top quality schools is one such way to make a real difference. I recently provided the funding that saw some fantastic young girls given educational opportunities at my daughters’ school. It may not solve the resourcing problems with our educational system as a whole, but in the case of those girls, it will change their lives.
Building facilities, funding after-school clubs, working with local leaders to ‘fill in the gaps’ wherever possible and appropriate are all ways to have a lasting, effective impact on children’s education. This is the ethos and philosophy that will drive the Foundation’s work on education, putting our funding where it can have a real, tangible impact, rather than trying to cure all educational ills at once.