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The main focus of the debate about social mobility however was on the State v.s. Private education divide.

Studies have proven that privately educated working class individuals rarely attain a leadership position in any organization or any industry whatsoever.

During the years of private education strong personal alliances are formed as a copig strategy for later life. This is how such privileged pupils from exclusive institutions reach adulthood occupying outstanding professional roles knowing several specialists in various fields (since school days) who can be reached at the touch of a button.

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Those who attend State schools are more likely to become familiar with a future drug dealer, prostitute, institutionalized benefits claimant, cleaner or bin man…rather than seating next to the future prime minister, secretary for justice, medical doctor, MP, etc

Even those blessed by Nature to break through the poverty trap and get a scholarship to an Ivy League establishment will experience a massive shock in terms of social class divide, lifestyle, habits and extra-curricular activities that their own family budgets never allowed financially.

As much as they try to fit in they never will fit it completely but surely will survive the experience, but as outsiders looking in.

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Those early bonds created in life’s playground represent the social capital that opens doors in the later professional life through the formation of effective social networks.

Each network represents a social circle of opportunities, benefits, exclusive information and resources to be pooled out according to its members specific needs.

Some social networks are so tightly knit no outsider can step through the ranks. If you consider recruitment is informally carried out within the social networks via system of recommendations, that just leaves out everybody who is underprivileged, marginalized and simply not in the know.

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There is a massive gap in accessing the jobs market as every year many positions remain void since companies cannot fill them with suitable applicants. Yet society is so fragmented that the existent social classes do not interact or mingle in any way.

Universities may open doors to people set on learning and improving their life chances but once that is over, unfortunately they stand no chance of securing a well paid role and decent life standards because they have no social capital nor real access to the jobs market via those exclusive and tight social networks…therefore mind the (social) gap!

These youngsters have an incredibly strong work ethic, they inspire and encourage British students to work much harder but still have no psychological, emotional, physical, financial support or social network at their disposal.

If you consider the fact that they barely know the new country they find themselves in to study and they remain ignorant of the ways to navigate the system then you realize their chances of survival and accomplishing their endeavour are indeed minimal.


Behind they left a harsh place where there are no chances of decent employment, no hope of future of building a life altogether. On top of all, their families, friends and neighbours back home have placed a heavy burden on their shoulders in terms of responsibility and an obligation to succeed, regardless of circumstances, in meeting such high expectations.

Surely if the UK goes the extra mile to promote a world class education service on a global scale, it should also be able to do something in order to offer a safety net or support network when such cases arise.

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In the meanwhile, in the highly competitive academic environment existent everywhere, if you ever come across students like that do not dismiss them because they do not look fashionable, wealthy, trendy or as cool as the rest of the in-crowd.  You never know, they may just be far more interesting, talented, intelligent and hard working than you could possibly imagine.

Therefore do not hesitate to offer them some camaraderie, solidarity, humanity, compassion, assistance and understanding for their own challenging personal circumstances.

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To make things worse, international students are not entitled to apply for any emergency funds, loans, grants to help them alleviate the financial strain they are under so that they can devote them…

Source: Unfortunate International Students – Part ll

Today marks the centenary of WWl and celebrations are kicking in everywhere.

Amazingly enough, in the western world the war is regarded as mostly a Eurocentric affair with heads of state, prime ministers, kings and queens giving out formal and elaborated speeches.

Sadly this enables western nations to selectively forget the real dimension of WWl thus forgetting that it went global and involved more than just white faced soldiers.

In battlefields of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and from Gallipoli to the Western Front, over a million non-white men died in the conflict.

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Many from Britain’s colonies were mobilised for service, while black Americans and men from the Caribbean, Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other parts of the globe joined Western armies in both combat and non-combat roles.

As a notable example Undivided India provided Britain with a massive volunteer army in its hour of need, in spite of the internal fight for freedom from the Empire tyranny. Close to 1.5million Indians served, fighting in all the major theatres of war from Flanders fields to the Mesopotamian oil fields of what is now Iraq.

Surprisingly every sixth British soldier serving during the war would have been from the Indian subcontinent, making the British Indian Army as large as all the forces from the rest of the British Empire combined – including the forces of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

British Colonial Troops

Although accounting for less than 2% of the population of British India at the time, Sikhs made up more than 20% of the British Indian Army at the outbreak of hostilities. They and their comrades in arms proved to be critical in the early months of the fighting on the Western Front, helping save the allies from an early and ignominious defeat.

From the blood-soaked trenches of the Somme and Gallipoli, to the deserts and heat of Africa and the Middle East, Sikhs fought and died alongside their British, Indian and Commonwealth counterparts to serve the greater good, gaining commendations and a reputation as fearsome and fearless soldiers.

A hundred years on, it is about time to make a change of attitude and of mindset; to make a pledge and finally pay respect; to acknowledge and value the sacrifice these valiant men made 100 years ago.

Tumbstones in thw war cemetery of Cassino

Cultural centres in 21st century London – Part 1.