Overcoming Financial Barriers to Education with Manchester Muslim Student Fund
In today’s challenging economic climate, higher education has become increasingly inaccessible for many individuals, particularly those facing financial hardship. Did you know that 46% of the Muslim population live in the bottom 10% of local authority areas? And Muslim students are least likely to graduate from university with a First class or 2:1 degree? It’s hard to believe that in 2023, British Muslims remain disproportionately affected by poverty, deprivation, and lack of opportunity. This is why we have partnered with Manchester Muslim Student Fund and provided a donation to ensure Muslim students have no financial obstacles when studying at university.
The funds are raised through public fundraising and given as cash grants to Muslim students who are identified as ‘struggling’ by Manchester Muslim Student Fund. Donations are gathered towards hardship funds, community grants, education funds and to go towards awards. The money from these initiatives is allocated to students to go towards rent, bills, and household costs as well as crucial resources like laptops, stationery, and textbooks.
Our founder, Adeem Younis, was once in the same boat, he said “during my time at university, I personally experienced the struggles of trying to make ends meet as a student. I had to cut back on food and sacrifice other necessities just to afford books and travel expenses. As an orphan who later in life went to university, my experiences have me acutely aware of life’s challenges and what many students face. The importance of grants like the ones Manchester Muslim Student Fund provide is huge. We are committed to supporting these students and ensuring they have the resources they need to thrive.”
It is estimated that over 6000 young Muslims perceive further education as simply unaffordable, opting for other avenues when they finish school. For those who do choose to pursue their academic studies, the financial strain can often become overwhelming, leading to increased levels of anxiety and other mental health issues. Many students have no option but to drop out altogether. Penny Appeal have stepped in to offer support to struggling Muslim students so that they can have options and not miss out on opportunities due to factors outside of their control. We are a charity committed to helping those in need around the world and here at home in the UK.
Education should be accessible to all. But unfortunately, some students go without that head start, with Muslim students proven to be disproportionately affected. This initiative shows that through collaborative efforts, we can make positive change: a value our organisations share. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Manchester Muslim Student Fund who have so far distributed over £6700 to struggling students. We hope these funds allow our Muslim students a shot at success, after all they are our future!
WEDNESDAY 5 JUL 2023