Global Laser Talk August 2011

Education for All Act

Children in the U.S. are getting ready to go back to school, but 67 million children around the world will never step foot in a classroom. 43 percent of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. Without universal access to quality education, the health, economy, and security of whole countries, are at risk.

The world has set a goal of getting all primary school aged kids into school by 2015, but we are not on track to achieve that.

To change this, Representatives Nita Lowey and David Reichert introduced the bipartisan Education For All Act of 2011. This bill calls for three key reforms: 1) a focus on educating girls and hard to reach populations, 2) the formation of a comprehensive US strategy to achieve the 2015 Education for All goal, 3) investment in the Education for All-Fast Track Initiative, or FTI, to assure the best use of our foreign investment dollars.

This bill will transform the lives of millions of children and entire nations, and will make the US more secure in the process. Will you cosponsor the Education for All Act? I can send you additional information and I will follow up with your office next week.