Act Now - Ask Members of Congress to Support Education Funding for the FY 2022 Budget
Now more than ever, we must show strong support for international basic education. Given the COVID-19 emergency, it is critical that we maintain our existing investments in children and young people around the world while scaling up effective interventions to respond to the pandemic. Failing to act quickly risks losing decades of progress in global education and severely limiting the opportunities for a generation of young people.
Please call on your Representatives and Senators to support international basic education by advocating for $1.1 billion for the Basic Education account in the FY2022 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill, including support for bilateral U.S. programming, at least $150 million for the Global Partnership for Education, and at least $50 million for the Education Cannot Wait Fund.
Education is a force-multiplier for international development with a high return on investment. For every $1 spent on education, as much as $15 is generated in economic growth. Prior to the COVID-19 emergency, 258 million children were out of school. Currently, the number is over a billion, a six-fold increase. Vulnerable children and youth, teachers, and communities need our support to focus on inclusive education for all children and youth.
It is critical that you let your Representatives and Senators know that you support investments in foreign assistance and international basic education. A unified global effort could not only stave off the worst impacts of the emergency, but could lay the foundation for fundamental improvements to education systems around the world, so we all can build back better.
GCE-US works to ensure that all children have access to quality, inclusive education. Please join and take action with us! Let your Members of Congress know that you believe all children and youth around the world should have quality, inclusive education.
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