On The Path To Education For All

Children attend elementary school.

Want to hear some good news for a change? The READ Act was approved by the Senate in August. What is the READ Act and why should we care? The Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act is a bipartisan-supported bill that will accelerate the impact of U.S. basic education programs around the world in the poorest countries. Education is key in eradicating poverty and developing democratic governments. Our support of global education via our foreign assistance tax dollars has made a world of difference in getting million of children into school who otherwise could not attend. Education promotes stability and health, and increases economic advancement, particularly for girls and women. Studies have shown that for every year a girl attends school, her future income increases between 15 to 25 percent. Furthermore, no country has reached sustained economic growth without achieving near universal primary education.

Presently, more than 263 million children and youth worldwide have no access to education and languish in illiteracy and poverty. Statistics reveal that poverty-stricken countries become more vulnerable to government instability, weak economies, extremism, hunger and disease. The less education a girl receives, the higher the mortality rate grows (deaths of infants per 100 births) in that nation.

The READ Act calls for U.S. engagement with key partner countries, other donors, civil society, the private sector, and multilateral global education initiatives, such as the Global Partnership for Education, to promote sustainable, quality basic education. It requires a comprehensive, integrated U.S. strategy that improves educational opportunities and addresses key barriers to school attendance, retention, and completion for the poorest children worldwide. When H.R. 601 passed in the House by voice vote in January of 2017, Congressman Doug LaMalfa voted in favor, and for that he is to be commended.

Now there is a House Resolution to support the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a program that functions as a coalition of educators, nations and local organizations, to bring education and improve it in the poorest countries. Introduced in July by Rep. David Reichert (R-WA), the GPE removes barriers to education for those out of school and improves the quality of basic education for those already attending. They have a plan from 2018-20 to get an additional 25 million kids through school and improve quality and access for 800 million more kids. Support for the GPE Resolution will mean future adequate funding to allow it to continue its important work and carry out the mandates of the READ Act. A replenishment conference is set for the end of February 2018 for the GPE. Take a minute to call, email or write Congressman LaMalfa today. Thank him and remind him of his voice vote in favor of the READ Act, and urge him to sign onto H. Res. 466 in support of the Global Partnership for Education. This is a powerful way to build a world that we want for ourselves and future generations.

By Lisa Schliff

3 Comments on “On The Path To Education For All”

  1. The government is taxing me to pay for school for people in other countries. I should be able to keep the money I work for. I have a right to the money I earn. The article describes how the money benefits those people. Well ya, giving anybody some money benifits them. You could take more from me and give it away and never stop writing about the good your work is doing. Your “work” is spending what you take by force from the people. You never asked me if I wanted to help these people. You never asked if I would donate to your cause. That would be different: if you convinced people to give, but you don’t, you feel the individual American doesn’t have a right to say no. You believe that YOU have the right to my money, but I don’t. You don’t believe in equal rights, then. What if somebody robbed you in the night and used the money to build a school in a poor country? You’d be happy because the school greatly benefits those people? No, you’d be focused on the money you wish you still had… but when you do this to other people you play pretend that that tax money you spend is somehow new wealth on this earth when obviously it’s the money you just taxed from the people. You word things funny to try to throw yourself off the scent of your own bullshit. You know education isn’t “free” but you call it so because you have to obscure your own actions from yourself. You can’t look straight at your actions without you conscience trying kick start: every liberal knows and tries not to know that taking money from working men and women and dishing it out to whoever “needs” it is wrong.

    The ends justify the means, that’s your essential code; if you have a project in mind, use the government; tax the people; it’s the fastest way to get funds. You don’t have time to create a charity fund and persuade people to donate. You shouldn’t have to ask people for their money because YOU have a right to that money but they don’t.

    In the end you’re thugs. You might be building schools in Africa, but you don’t respect a common American’s right to the fruit of his labor. America should be a place where a man can keep that fruit, the whole fruit and hold it in his hand and look at the sky and feel that he is free. But you thugs swarm in and steal a million little nibbles for all your projects.

    Africans might like their school but what the world needs is ONE example of a country where individual rights are sacred. Where o where is that going to be?

    1. What sorts of charities have convinced you that their cause is worthy enough for you to donate to?

      Also, your argument in this case is based on the assumption that the prosperity of America and its workers doesn’t depend on the work or well being of people in Africa or other regions of the world. There has been enough exploitation of the various African peoples by America, both as an imperial and former slave-trading power, that it doesn’t strike me as far fetched to say we can throw them some spare change per citizen to build schools.

  2. Who do I willingly donate to? The Salvation Army. My library. Friends in need. Homeless people.

    You say America did wrong to people in Africa and we owe reparations to the victims.

    That isn’t the justification I usually hear for foreign aid. Usually I hear politicians telling of the plight, hardship and dire need of some people as if that itself obliges me to give them $. THAT is what I’m against.

    The idea that I owe some people something because of what was done in my name is different than an unlimited debt I owe to anyone who claims they need it.

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