If governments and school boards don’t always get it, real life superstars saved by extra curricular programs certainly do.
That’s why Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am handed over $100,000 to support “low decile” schools – educational institutions in lower socioeconomic areas – during a recent trip to Auckland, New Zealand.
The money will be handled by a local trust fund and will be distributed amongst nine schools with heavy Maori and Pasifika populations – groups that are often marginalized and under-serviced on the island country.
Though his generous cheque will go toward furnishing the Kiwi classrooms with iPads and computers instead of musical instruments and oil paints, the socially minded singer is aware that schools with the right support system can prevent vulnerable children from heading down the wrong path.
“Music and arts literally saved my life,” he told reporters.
He hopes students feel a similar boost when they get their hands on new tech toys designed to keep them competitive with students in more affluent districts.
“What’s coming is something that we haven’t seen in humanity – this technological revolution that is transforming society as a whole. As the world advances, kids in inner cities are left behind and not even given the tools to compete in the future that we are walking into,” he said via stuff.co.nz.
Perhaps this is what he really meant by “Let’s get it started.” Or what it should mean, in any case.
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