Education is a sword to combat all the evils prevailing in the society.It is a source through which human beings desire for a growth enriched with knowledge and wisdom. Therefore, it should not be constrained to a particular set of group or community toattain blissful learning incorporated with modern learning instruments.
In order to revive the educational process, the government of England launched an educational programme called Building Schools for the Future (BSF) aimed at setting up of modern buildings in secondary schools for the local communities to learn in a feasible eco system. The plan was initiated by Tony Blair in 2004. The consultation document of 2003 brings to the fore the need for secondary pupils to attain the luxury of learning in a modern accommodation over the next 10 to 15 years. The words of the labour minister David Miliband state that, “school buildings should inspire learning and they should nurture every pupil and member of staff” clearly place emphasis on the interest to develop the backward section.
The programme was scrapped by Michael Gove, the conservative education secretary in July 2010 as it was considered wasteful. It was widely described as the biggest venture and government planned to allocate 55 billion to rebuild every secondary school in England. Initially, the government provided funding for 14 projects in socially deprived localities in order to raise the standard and advocate social mobility.
The prominent things taken into account were the vision of the school.The buildings should correspond with the vision of the school and then a private sector would understand their vision and carry out the design and construction. The new facilities had to be flexible and the buildings would suit the future education as well.
Nonetheless, this programme faced with some kind of drawbacks. Reshaping education in these areas was a big task and it took some time to plan and rebuild those schools.
On an average, about 70 local councils had joined the programme by the second year of its start but only five could reach a level to commence the building. The standard or quality of the design of half of the schools built were considered to be substandard.
According to Gove, the BSF programme was identified as massive overspendings and delayed projects which led to its downfall and it was controversial because architects were charging high fees.
The cancellation of this programme resulted in150 schools left in a bad state. It was also seen that about 178 schools were revamped with231 schools under construction.
Finally, one more programme was initiated named Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) in 2011 to address the needs of those schools which were in worst conditions. The government was on the impression that the PSBP programme showed greater result in the development of the school on a rapid pace.
Now, let me give an instance to show howBSF helped some children or families in the best possible way. Fadimotou, a mother of 2had faced many crises to make ends meet.She used to make mats and sell it in the local market and since her husband was often travelling it was difficult to provide basic amenities for her children. The commencement of BSF programme not only benefited her children but her as well. Schools in those areas were in a state of repair so this idea was welcomed by the whole community.
She enthusiastically took part in the construction activity and secured funds for her household. She did dredge work and carried water and bricks to the workers. In this way, her life became more meaningful as she was able to earn and save money for her children.
Although, this programme was a failure towards the end but it did save many families and uplifted them from the clutches of poverty.
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