Worldwide figures pushing for education development
Over the past year education has hit the headlines, there have been teacher strikes, student demonstrations and school closures. As education fronts up to these tough times there are individuals out there really pushing for change, fighting battles with policymakers to make sure that the most important part of young peoples’ lives has a bright future. The well-known individuals leading the charge for education are not necessarily educators by trade; they are, however, people that have the power and the wealth to make a difference.
Here are some of those key figures that are standing up for change and reform in the educational system:
Really it should be Bill and Melinda Gates because their foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has had an impact on schools throughout the world. Gates doesn’t just talk about change he actually puts his money where his mouth is. Since 2010 the Foundation has contributed a whopping $1.2 billion to reforming the high school system in the USA. People of their standing don’t just bring money to the table, the fact they are so famous means that they shine a light on issues that the world may not have considered in the past. The foundation has around $30 billion in the pot so we expect to see even more work being done in the future.
If you needed any proof that Salman Khan is a prominent figure then you only have to look at Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. You will see his name in there, and he certainly deserves it! This man is one of the leading educational innovators to ever walk the planet. He created the Khan Academy; it’s a free platform to lean online and is being used in classrooms around the globe. The academy came about because Khan was trying to help his cousin learn algebra by sending him videoed lessons. Soon the idea snowballed and he became an overnight sensation – there are now over 3,000 lessons on the Khan Academy. He is an absolute inspiration.
Tunde Folawiyo has been working towards developing education in Africa for many years. His hope is that with an improved education system the economic advancement of Africa will move forward. He himself has a great history of education; he studied both Economics and Law at the London School of Economics. Folawiyo is able to have such an impact because he has been a very successful businessman; he is the CEO of the Yinka Folawiyo Group of Companies. Tirelessly working to create new opportunities for young people despite his business commitments solidifies his place alongside the two other great men on this list. He will forever be remembered as one of the key figures that have committed most to the development of his home continent. To keep up to date with all of the work he is doing head over to TundeFolawiyo’s WordPress blog.
There are of course countless others that are working hard everyday to make sure that education continues to develop and improve around the world. We should say thank you to all of them because the difference they have made is truly outstanding.