Will.i.am - Hero of the Week | The Jackal

10 May 2013

Will.i.am - Hero of the Week

Yesterday, the NZ Herald reported:

Hip-hop star will.i.am has donated $100,000 to help low-decile Auckland schools provide information technology to students.

The US singer, songwriter and producer who rose to fame as a member of the Black Eyed Peas, was brought to New Zealand for a private show last night.

The star made a surprise appearance at Point England Primary School in east Auckland this afternoon where he presented a $100,000 cheque to digital literacy charity the Manaiakalani Education Trust.

What a cool cat! Not only has Will.i.am recognised that low-decile schools are struggling to fund such programs, he's donated a large amount of his own cash to ensure deprived children in New Zealand have the chance to reach their full potential.

That's more than can be said for the current government who isn't even going to help kids in decile 1 and 2 schools get enough food to eat let alone provide adequate funding to allow them to participate in the digital revolution.

Of course National will have no qualms about poor people being technologically disadvantaged. After all, keeping the public in the dark is really the only way they can govern.

The money would go towards the trust's programmes of providing netbooks to students and their families, building its own wireless network for students, and supporting e-learning for teachers and parents.

This should already be something the Ministry of Education is fully funding, especially if we want New Zealand to not be left further behind the rest of the world.

Will.i.am clearly understands how important it is for kids to keep up with technological developments, and has made similar donations all around the world:

In my opinion this guy deserves a knighthood or something similar better to recognize his wonderful generosity, not to mention his achievements as a performing artist.

The singer, whose real name is William Adams, talked to students about his modest beginnings in a Los Angeles ghetto, how he never knew his father and was driven by a desire to provide for his mother.

I bet those students will remember that for the rest of their lives. Not only has Will.i.am come from the mean streets, he hasn't lost his head with the huge success of The Black Eyed Peas. That makes him a dude through and through and therefore highly deserving of this week's Hero award.