15th October 2018
Shaun Escoffery, R&B singer, songwriter and Lion King the musical actor has got behind a national campaign called ?Love Our Colleges?.
Shaun studied performing arts at Barking & Dagenham College in the 1990s, where he became good friends with fellow student Idris Elba.
In a video recorded by Shaun, he says:
“Going to college is a wonderful thing...going to Barking College really expanded my horizons.”
Colleges have had their funding cut by 30% over the past 10 years. Despite the fact that 65% of 16-18 year old go to college, they get 25% less spent on them than school students.
So colleges up and down the country, including Barking & Dagenham College, are working with the Association of Colleges to lobby the government to take action.
The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign sees colleges across the country showcasing the great work they do during Colleges Week (15-19 October).
There will be a national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October and a rally attended by hundreds of college principals (Including Yvonne Kelly, Principal & CEO of Barking & Dagenham College), staff and students.
Shaun’s video can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page here.