How to get more kids in school
US Congressman Ted Lieu and Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans call for support for education.
Written By Ted Lieu and Hugh Evans
This year, almost 60 million primary school-age children will have no access to school. While the world has made progress to get more kids to school since 2000, the severe lack of financing for global education continues to waste global talent and inflicts a lifelong sentence of poverty for those without an education.
Recent progress in the United States can be measured by funding increases for global education by President Barack Obama; Raj Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Congress -- driven by the bipartisan leadership of Reps. Kay Granger and Nita Lowey.
This summer, during the heart of the federal budget and appropriations process, Congress has the opportunity to build on this progress by notably increasing support for millions of children -- mostly girls -- who are denied the opportunity to go to school.
Congress can and must do more by committing $125 million to the Global Partnership for Education in 2016....
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, is president of the House Democratic freshman class and sits on the House Budget Committee. Hugh Evans is CEO of the Global Poverty Project.