May 2009: Urging Editorial Writers to Feature an Op-ed on a Global Fund for Education

For a girl in a poor country, every year of education beyond 3rd or 4th grade means her children will be 10 percent less likely to die of preventable causes.[1] Each year of education also means 20 percent higher future wages for these girls.[2] So why are 75 million primary school-aged children not in school?[3]

It’s because the U.S. and other developed countries have failed to remove barriers to education for kids in poor nations and conflict zones. Though the U.S. signed onto the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, including universal primary education by 2015, we don’t have a plan to achieve them.

During his campaign, President Obama pledged $2 billion toward a new approach to the global education crisis. I think a multilateral Global Fund for Education is what we need to achieve universal access to primary education. President Obama must act now to lead the world in creating a Global Fund for Education. Would you and the editorial board consider publishing an op-ed that I write on the importance of universal access to education?


[1] World Bank, World Development Report, 1993.

[2] Lawrence Summers, “The Most Influential Investment.” Scientific American, August 1992, p. 132.

[3] UNESCO, Global Monitoring Report. 2009.