Bill Gates’, Microsoft Chairman, hosted his first three-day speaking tour as a full-time Philanthropist in the USA last week.

Gates’ tour hopes to shift the brainpower of young, equipped students to assist in combating world health and education issues, and dedicate their energies and resources to dealing with the ‘bigger’ society challenges.

On 19 April, Ina Fried of Cnet News quoted Gates’ on day one of his tour at University of California, Berkeley, saying: “College students, with their youth and open minds, represent an important opportunity to get more people working on these issues.

“Too many are going into entertainment and other areas. Even those going to science, he noted, are often working on problems such as developing a cure for baldness.”

According to Cnet News, Gates’ addressed an important question last Monday, leaving for much speculation: “Are the brightest minds working on the hardest problems? I think the answer is probably not."

Cnet News reported that Gates’ tour kicked off with a single slide, displaying the rate of decline in childhood deaths which came from the arrival of key vaccines. “The chart shows that deaths are now half of what they were in 1960, but also that 8.8 million children under 5 still die each year.” Gates said.

Gates also proposed that what is needed is ‘more vaccines and broader distribution of those that already exist.’

Gates’ noted that economic success follows health conditions and education. Once these issues have been tackled a world of powerful possibilities can be established.

Although Gates reminded students that he didn’t finish college, he acknowledged student debt but encouraged students with many possibilities for jobs in the non-profit sector, identifying U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as an example. “USAID has such a need for expertise and they have tons of open positions.

“Those graduating might also be in a position to really immerse themselves in global issues by living and working in a poorer country. Is it a time where you could go off to one of these developing countries?” reported Cnet.

According to Cnet, the creator of computer technology doesn’t see distributing PC’s to the world’s poor as a priority. “You don't need personal-computer connectivity to deal with childhood deaths," Gates said “,cell phones, which are more prevalent in developing countries can actually play a big role. Cell phones can also establish identity, which can help with financial systems.”

Gates emphasized that the financial system doesn’t recognize, nor work for the poor, saying: “Poor people don't have saving accounts.”

Cnet reported that at each stop Gates will leave time for question-and-answer sessions with students, Gates said: “I'm pleased with the questions people had. There's been no shortage of questions and all pretty relevant to the topic at hand.”

The three-state college tour continued as Gates headed south to Stanford University. On Tuesday the tour visited University of Chicago and on Wednesday the tour ended at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gates' tour spreads recognition for a need for world help from upcoming leaders and educated youth, emphasizing a need to sustain and enable the less fortunate for an economy boost and a brighter future.
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