Why a scholarship fund?
The visit to India in July 2014 was a real inspiration to our students in so many ways. One of the things they could best identify with was the importance, in the lives of some of the Bethel and Joy children, of going on to Higher Education.
Higher Education gives them the opportunity to build a career, rather than just have a job, just as it does for our students. It is the key to social mobility in a society where your background drastically restricts your future. It empowers the children to make real and lasting changes in their own lives, the lives of their families, and their local communities.
As you can imagine, finance is a real barrier to the Bethel and Joy children being able to gain that education. But this is something we feel the Poynton High School community can take action on and make a long term commitment to supporting.
Having talked to Mr Waugh (the Head Teacher) and Mrs Holyland (Deputy Head) we have the backing of the whole school in starting the PHS India Project Scholarship Fund in partnership with India Direct.