What is it?
Our mission is to help as many individuals as possible gain access to education and change their lives for the better.
Bouncement will contribute 10% of revenue to an independent not for profit company called the Bouncement Equitable Education Fund.
This is an important initiative to help those most in need to access education and the opportunity to change their lives.
Applications will be regularly called for from individual members in the Bouncement community to apply for funding based on their needs.
Funding will include not only tuition fees, but also supporting materials such as laptops and internet access.
Successful applicants will continue to receive the benefits of a support network through the Bouncement platform.
Why it’s important to us
Australia is sometimes described as a ‘high equity’ country when it comes to education. This sounds like something we should be proud of. However, this requires closer examination.
This ‘equitable’ description is derived from our performance in international student testing administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Every three years they test the literacy, numeracy and scientific ability of 15-year-old students in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Australia’s relationship between academic performance in PISA and socio-economic status was in the top half of participating countries. As a result, we are deemed to have a ‘high equity’ education system.
However, delving deeper into these results uncovered some disconcerting statistics *, such as:
- We have a less equitable education system than the likes of Russia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Qatar and Mexico.
- Fifteen-year-olds from our poorest quarter of students are on average 2.5 years behind those from our richest quarter (ACER, 2013: p. 38).
- Our indigenous students are more than 2.5 years behind non-indigenous students (ACER, 2013: p.37).
- The performance of our students from Tasmania and the Northern Territory falls into the Low Quality/Low Equity category.
So despite our global standing, our level of disadvantage is both substantial and troubling. The OECD’s report hints at some of the drivers of this inequity in Australia. The OECD recommends that to create a more equitable (and excellent) education system, countries need to provide adequate resources to address disadvantage, and to secure high-quality teaching in disadvantaged schools. These recommendations are backed by research showing that needs-based funding can close achievement gaps, and that the presence of able and committed teachers is the biggest predictor of students’ educational success.
It is on this basis that we have established the Bouncement Equitable Education Fund to provide education funding and support to those most in need.
* see http://teachforaustralia.org/stories/australian-education-and-inequity-pisa-oecd/
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