Education is in a mess. At one end, the Government is intent on bringing back rote learning for Infants while at the other, potential university students face a lifetime of debt and Adult Education has all but disappeared. The idea of lifelong learning for the pleasure and the knowledge rather than the qualification is a distant memory.
There are of course some organisations that were set up to cater for those without access to formal education: the most common of these being the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and the University of the Third Age (U3A), but neither of these are in a position to fill the current “education gap”. The WEA has suffered massive funding cuts and now concentrates almost exclusively on qualification-based and Return to Work courses and U3A is restricted by recruiting only from retired or semi-retired over 50’s. And both are often too expensive for someone out of work or on a low income.