I am a mathematician and a math professor. I am here because in a desperate need of money to attend a 9 months teaching certification course in UK, which is called PGCE (post graduate certificate in education).
Why begging money here to attend a postgraduate course, if i could get a scholarship or a loan from the UK government ?… i am going to explain everything.
First of all, let me tell that i am not in the age-range when someone normally attend a post-graduate degree course: I am almost 42 years old. I faced a lot of health and family troubles in my youth, till I finally earned my bachelor degree in Math in 2009, at the age of 30. After that day: only unstable working contracts, short term teaching assignments and even unskilled physical jobs that have nothing to do with math… these short term teaching assignments are what i am still doing now to make a living. you know that there is a lack of skilled STEM teacher overall in the world, right ?
Because of that, It normally happens that you can get a math teaching contract in a college or school if you just hold a 3 years bachelor degree in Math and gained some teaching experience, even without holding a teaching certification… not in Italy, anyway. Here, some (very) stupid laws don´t allow anyone who doesn´t have minimum a 5 year master degree (plus some other study requirements, as well) to teach in a school. So, despite i gained a lot of teaching experience here, at university level as well, i am still not legally allowed to get a steady contract in any italian school! Is it fair ??… the PGCE is widely recongnised in all the english-countries and allows to teach math almost everywhere.
What i am actually doing now is working as adjunct professor for a prestigious university in Rome. That means, in the fact, that my salary is payed at the end of each course, after one year of work, and it is approximately extimated in few euros per hour (many adjunct professors in Italy are not paied at all). As i am actually holding rhe same courses of the last year, I am expecting the same income for the next year and i will show you that these earnings don´t even cover the rent of my small 1-room apartment !
This is the third year I try to attend a PGCE math course in England.. both in this year and in 2020 I received an offer from two different institutions, but i could not start the course for the same reason: not enough funding available. This is maybe the last chance for me to get out this hell of living and start to live in a normal way the rest of my life.. As you maybe already know, there is actually no way to get a scholarship or loan for EU citizens moving in England for studying. I need to collect approximately 20.000€ at least before the starting date of the PGCE course, which is expected to be in the late summer: 10.000€ to cover the course fees, other 10.000€ to live in a decent way for the 9-months duration of the course. However, I´ll probably need this money before the course starts.. infact, to get the UK student Visa you must show before that you have enough money to support yourself for all the duration of the course. I actually have all the requirements to get the UK student Visa, but i don´t have money even to buy the flight ticket for UK.
I am getting older and i don´t really want to die poor, in this country and in these conditions… please, help me to do my job in the way i deserve. Thanks with all my heart