George Soros is one of the wealthiest individual alive. According to Forbes Magazine, he is the 22nd wealthiest worth $25.5 billion dollars. He has given over $13 billion dollars to foundations and individuals around the world. One of the causes that George supports very strongly is mainstream education for everyone.
Decreased Global Educational Funding
According to his Open Society Foundation, governments around the globe are decreasing funding. According to the World Education Blog, funding needs to increase by at least $38 billion dollars annually, to stay up with the current status.
While many countries support free public education, in others only those with wealthy parents can send their children to school. The problem is particularly severe in sub-Saharan Africa where the rate of children attending school has fallen by over 20 percent in the last 15 years. The problem does not exist only in poorer countries, however, with France, Japan, Netherlands and Spain reducing spending on education by over 40 percent in the last 15 years. Read more on Snopes about George Soros
Special Education Funding
The problem is especially severe, according to the Open Society Foundation, for those with special needs. They support inclusive education. They believe that an assistant should be available for all students with special needs, that curriculum should be developed meeting the needs of everyone and that parents have the right to be involved in their child’s education.
The problem is especially severe among the Roma. These people are the largest ethnic group in the world. Children are tested on their skills. The parents of students who do not test well are sent a letter telling them that their child will not be allowed to attend school.
George Soros believes in the right of education for all. He grew up in Nazi-controlled Hungary before going to London to attend the London School of Economics. He then brought that education to the United States where he started working for financial firms before starting his own hedge fund.
The Right to Inclusive Education
In addition to fighting for the rights of everyone to receive an inclusive education, he has given away a lot of money in scholarships. Most of these scholarships are designed to help people learn to fight for their own rights.
While George Soros has the right to spend his money as he desires, the world is a better place because he chooses to give so much of his money away. He has raised his children to believe the same way with his son choosing to enter the political world to try to continue the change that his father has promoted throughout his 86 years.
Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com