SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg said that he and his wife are donating US$20mil (RM85.05mil) to help get high-speed Internet service to US classrooms.
The money is being given to nonprofit group Education Super Highway to help with its mission, the Facebook co-founder and chief executive said in a post on his page at the social network.
â€œIn schools, Internet is critical for enabling something we know leads to better results: personalised learning,â€ Zuckerberg said.
â€œEvery classroom should have fast Internet access.â€
Most schools in the US are connected to the Internet, but fewer than half have high-speed broadband connections, according to Zuckerberg.
Last month, Zuckerberg and his doctor wife revealed plans to start a private school in a hardscrabble Silicon Valley town, mixing education with health care.
Zuckerberg voiced pride in his wife, Priscilla, for the plan to create â€œThe Primary Schoolâ€ in the working-class city of East Palo Alto.
Chan works as a paediatrician and has also been a teacher, seeing first-hand how poor health hinders learning in classrooms, her husband said.
â€œHealth and education are closely connected,â€ Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.
â€œWhen children arenâ€™t healthy, they canâ€™t learn as easily.â€
In June of last year, Zuckerberg and Chan began pumping US$120mil (RM510.30mil) into San Francisco Bay Area schools.
Distribution of the money is being spread over five years, with initial grants going toward initiatives for providing computers and Internet access in public schools as well as training teachers and enlisting parents in efforts to keep students on track.
â€œImproving public education in our country and our community is something Priscilla and I really care about,â€ Zuckerberg said at the time.
More than five years ago Zuckerberg channelled US$100mil (RM425.25mil) to improve schools in the New Jersey city of Newark in an early foray into improving public education that got failing grades. â€” AFP