The U.S. House of Representatives have passed the Education for All Act of 2016 (H.R. 4481)! The Senate still has to consider its version of the act before it moves closer to reality, but this is very exciting!
School Girls Unite, and the Global Campaign for Education, have been advocating for the passage of the Education for All Act for nearly six years now. This bill would express the importance of basic education in developing countries to economic growth, democratic institutions, empowering women and girls, decreasing extremism, and is also vital to U.S. national security interests. It will also provide “assistance priority to foreign countries in which there is the greatest need and opportunity to expand universal access and to improve learning outcomes, and in which the assistance can produce a substantial, measurable impact on children and educational systems. Priority should also be considered in countries where there are chronically under-served and marginalized populations, or populations affected by conflict or crisis.”
We invite you to read this post by bill sponsor and New York Representative, Nita Lowey, about how important it is that the U.S. prioritize basic education around the world.
We believe an educated world will be a more peaceful one, with better health outcomes and economic opportunities for all. Thank you to the co-sponsoring members of the House, like Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen, and sponsoring Representative Nita Lowey!