It will be the Bezos Academy, the first of a large network of educational establishments at no cost to the student.
Entrepreneurs play a crucial role in the economy and in the functioning of countries. In collaboration with their workers, they provide products and money for the treasury through taxes, which are so necessary for the well-being of the national and world population. And even more is their contribution, when these businesses have developed their corporate social responsibility , cooperating in different campaigns and social and environmental initiatives. That’s where corporate philanthropy appears , in which over the past few years, Amazon mogul and CEO Jeff Bezos has tried to make a place for himself through his Day One Bund foundation .
In this way, and according to a statement made by Bezos through his personal Instagram , the businessman announced the creation of a network of free preschools with Montessori format, along with the opening of his first preschool, which will be called Academia Bezos . An educational initiative that seeks to benefit children in underserved and impoverished communities in the United States. The first school for children ages 3 to 5 will be located in Des Moines, Washington and will open on October 17 .
In order for a student to be enrolled in one of these preschools, they will have to go through a selection process that will be based on a wide range of factors, such as their income levels, participation in free and reduced-cost meal programs at the school. access to other licensed child care facilities. After enrollment, the little ones will participate in preschool, which will run throughout the year, five days a week , with a pedagogical approach where self-directed activity, practical learning and collaborative play will be its pillars.
This philanthropic project comes after Jeff Bezos launched the Bezos Day One Fund in 2018, in which his then wife, MacKenzie Scott, also participated . From the beginning, it had a $ 2 billion fund, with which it has financed non-profit organizations that provide free services to homeless families and which has financially supported a network of schools in low-income neighborhoods . So, the foundation has two funds, Day 1 Academies, which is for education, and Day 1 Families, which is for homeless families. Finding this last initiative within the first fund .