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Mark Zuckerberg Has Many Educational Projects in the Works

Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook, a social media company worth billions of dollars. However, it isn’t the multi-billion dollar company that Zuckerberg is setting his sights on; the real focus in his philanthropy plan has a lot to do with the future, more so, the future in education.

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have a child on the way and for them; he said the experience is putting the importance of education into perspective according to a CNNMoney report.

"Soon we're going to be parents," he wrote.

"And we care deeply about doing everything we can so all children -- not just ours -- can grow up and achieve their full potential."

Zuckerberg is looking at new ways to give areas that are underserved a new lease on education.

“They also have an education foundation, Startup:Education, which launched in September 2010,” according to the report.

“Last year, the not-for-profit committed $120 million over five years to support education programs in underserved, local communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. That way, the couple can "stay closely involved with the community."

Zuckerberg has looked much deeper than underserved communities. He has also been promoting the importance of “personalized learning” where instructors create their material and lessons around the needs of the students, according to the report.

Chan is starting a K-12 school called ‘The Primary School,’” according to the CNN.

“The private, nonprofit institution in East Palo Alto will be geared toward low-income students and attendance will be free. Healthcare will be included.”

Meanwhile, Chan and Zuckerberg want to make sure that the rest of their funding goes towards making the public schools nationwide better. One way is by adding blended learning to all classrooms.

“Zuckerberg already supports Summit Public Schools; KIPP, a network of 183 charter schools; and AltSchool, a small group of private schools that focuses on mixed-age learning,” according to the article.

He is pretty much dipping his foot in each section of education that he believes needs improvement or reworking, in hopes to make learning available to all students at the best possible quality. Zuckerberg isn’t done yet. According to the report there is another education project that will be revealed next week.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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