Global Laser Talk April 2010

Education for All Act 2010

I’m very concerned that there are still 72 million primary school-aged children not in school. The majority are girls and the poorest children on the planet.

Education not only ensures futures, but literally saves lives. For example: Children in Africa whose mothers receive five years of primary education are 40 percent less likely to die before age 5.

A study in 63 countries concluded that gains in women’s education made the single biggest contribution to declines in malnutrition between 1970 and 1995.

Right now, the U.S. is not doing its part to mobilize the resources and commitments needed to make sure that we reach the goal to have every child in school by 2015.

The good news is that the U.S. is in a prime position to lead the way on global education. In April Reps. Nita Lowey and Dave Reichert introduced the bipartisan Education for All Act (H.R. 5117), which calls on the U.S. to increase funding to help ensure all children — especially the most marginalized — get access to a quality basic education. What’s really exciting is that the bill calls for a new multilateral mechanism to deliver education aid. An effective, results-based mechanism, like a Global Fund for Education, is key to getting the job done and leveraging every dollar we invest.

Will you cosponsor the Education for All Act of 2010?

Lawrence Summers, Investing in All People: Educating Women in Developing Countries)

(Smith L. and Haddad L., 2000, Explaining Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries. A Cross Country Analysis, Research Report III, IFPRI, Washington DC)