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Closing the 3rd Level Education gap

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Sep 6, 2011 11:00:00 AM

The prosperity gap in Canada remains depressingly wide between the children of the university-educated and those whose parents did not go to university. As of 2009, 56 per cent of the grown children of the university-educated had university degrees themselves, compared with just 23 per cent of the children of the less educated. The corresponding figures in 1986 were 45 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively.

Why is there such a large gap? Some argue it’s a matter of money, others a matter of culture. More likely it’s both, wound up together so they seem almost indistinguishable.

Scholarships, bursaries and federal programs such as Registered Education Savings Plans, which give an extra boost to low-income families, are helpful. But they go only so far in changing the culture of expectations. Altus clients, Pathways to Education, begun in Toronto and spreading across the country, is trying to do just that. The components include tutoring, mentoring, bus or lunch money (if necessary), plus $1,000 for each year of high school, to be held for postsecondary school.

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Posted by Colin Dickinson, VP Sales

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This Post Was Written By Colin Dickinson
Colin Dickinson is the CEO and managing partner at Sparkrock. Given his business and accounting knowledge, Colin provides valuable insight as well as strong comprehension as to how Sparkrock can help organizations address their individual business challenges. He is passionate about the non-profit community and regularly contributes to local youth based non-profits by volunteering his time and fundraising.
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