The facts are startling. Around the world, 61 million children of elementary school age are denied an education and almost 202 million adolescents are without access to junior high or high school.
We know that when children are provided with quality education, it results in better health outcomes, increased earning potentials, and more equitable societies. Quality education is a bridge out of poverty, which is why we need your help.
The Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act, or READ Act (H.R. 601), was introduced by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), to ensure that children everywhere have access to quality education. The bill would require the US to develop a comprehensive strategy to promote universal education by providing assistance to countries in which there is the greatest need.
In particular, this legislation would ensure that assistance is prioritized for the most marginalized and vulnerable populations, such as children living in conflict zones or communities in crisis.
We cannot stand by while kids around the world are denied their fundamental right to an education and robbed of the chance to develop to their full potential.
Sign the petition to urge the US Congress to support the READ Act because no child should be deprived of the opportunity to learn.