The project will work to help bridge the gap between different levels of education, in order to encourage more disadvantaged students to continue into higher education.
When talking to Ibrahim, he told TenEighty that the project has two goals: to empower and to educate. He continued, explaining how there are three branches of BTYS Ltd. These will allow a specific group of students, specifically those with low socioeconomic backgrounds in disadvantaged areas, to be targeted.
Ibrahim shared with TenEighty that he started this project due to “his own experiences with what it is like to be both poor and uneducated.” After the difficult application process that concluded in him being accepted into the University of Cambridge, Ibrahim told TenEighty that he promised himself that he would not allow anyone else with a similar background to himself, to experience the difficulty that he did.
You have all given me SO MUCH support and encouragement!! Now it's my turn to do the same! Here she is..‘Bring Them Your Seasoning LTD’ – a Government recognised SOCIAL ACTION ENTERPRISE dedicated to helping bridge the gap between further education and higher education! #BTYSLTD pic.twitter.com/myRmGicLnc
— Ibrahim (@IbzMo) September 5, 2018
Due to the nature of the project, we asked Ibrahim what his opinion was on the issues in our current education system. He explained that “I do applaud our education system for trying to bridge the gap between further and higher education, however, my issue is that many of these projects fail to acknowledge the students who fall within the cracks of this bridge and they are left to remain uninspired and uneducated”.
He continued to highlight how “the lack of representation (not just for BME but for women, LGBTQIA students, students with disabilities and of low backgrounds) is a very strong barrier combined with the lack of information available to these students. This is where BTYS Ltd comes in”.
One of the first events that BTYS Ltd will host is in collaboration with Oxford University’s Pakistan Society, which holds the aim of hosting an event for disadvantaged Pakistani students. There are also plans in place for a collaboration with Cambridge University Bangladesh Society, as well as Personal Statement workshops in.
In addition to his project, Ibrahim also creates YouTube videos which provide advice for students about University ranging from how to apply to how to make A* essay plans. Ibrahim said that “I have many plans for BTYS Ltd and am always seeking potential business and societies to collaborate with, but for now our goal stays the same – The help education, empower and bridge the gap between further education and higher education for marginalised students”.