Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Educate the World a U.S. Pledge Can Bring Hope to Vulnerable Children

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Educate the World a U.S. Pledge Can Bring Hope to Vulnerable Children

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The plight of 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls has focused worldwide attention on the obstacles to education faced by tens of millions of girls, especially in poor and conflict-ridden countries.

Basic education ought to be a human right. Without it, a nation squanders the enormous potential of every human being and undermines its economic development, democratic institutions, stability, public safety and health.

To ensure that children around the world can get a quality education, members of Congress and their constituents should push the Obama administration to pledge $250 million over two years to the Global Partnership for Education. That's chump change in a $3.5 trillion budget - less than it costs to build a few miles of freeway.

The U.S. pledge would help ensure that Global Partnership reaches its goal of raising $3.5 billion from donor governments this summer to help educate 29 million of the world's most vulnerable children. The pledging conference will take place June 26 in Belgium. …

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