https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/ ... -worldwide
https://www.thechurchnews.com/global/20 ... tted-49735
I was a missionary in a South American country when the announcement for the Perpetual Education fund was made by President GBH. To me it hit as revelation and showed how the church could help lift to economic situations of our brothers and sisters in less advantaged parts of the world. To me it was THE takeaway from that GC.
By all accounts this new announcement of the Missionaries auto admission into BYU Pathways Worldwide Pathwayconnect program is better than the PEF.
After completion of the one year PathwayConnect program the student may continue towards a BYU-I certificate (only 15 credits), an Associate Degree (60 credits), or even a Bachelor's Degree (120 credits).PathwayConnect is a one-year, low-cost educational program that mixes the flexibility of online academic courses, religious education, and the benefits of weekly face-to-face gatherings with other students. (On February 7, 2017, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf announced the creation of a new organization within the Church Educational System called BYU-Pathway Worldwide, with the PathwayConnect program being one of its core products.) PathwayConnect helps students develop confidence, become self-reliant, and build leadership experience — all of which enhance students’ prospects for further education, employment, church service, and/or leading and supporting families. After students complete PathwayConnect, they may continue working toward a degree by enrolling in a BYU-Idaho online degree program, attending a local school, entering the workforce, or pursuing a variety of other goals.
This appears to be game changing for RMs without immediate educational or career prospects (especially in countries without robust "student aid"). This has the potential to stop the cycle of poverty in individual family trees in a single generation. This is a ray of hope for many! I believe the auto-admission for missionaries feature is helpful as the default option for missionaries that may not be especially self-directed otherwise (and I believe that young people without significant support can find the whole next phase of life thing to be extremely overwhelming and anxiety producing).
The fact that this anouncement is all but lost, sandwiched between the disconinuation of the POX and the one year waiting policies is interesting. I believe it to be a reflection of just how quickly the church is making changes. This is exactly the sort of thing that I would wish to see our church doing.