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Senators Join Forces in the Fight for Global Education

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The world benefits when every child has access to a quality education. And today, a bipartisan Senate resolution recognized this indisputable fact.  

On World Teachers’ Day, Senators Marco Rubio and Cory Booker took a powerful stand for global education, submitting a Senate Resolution that reaffirms the United States commitment to the Global Partnership for Education.

The GPE has already affected millions of children in developing countries around the world by putting 64 million more children into primary school in 2014 than there were in 2002. GPE support to partner countries resulted in a 71% primary school completion rate in 2014, up from 56% in 2002.  

With further support from donors, GPE will be able to ensure that 19 million more children complete primary school, 6.6 million more children complete lower secondary school, 1.7 million more teachers will be trained, 23,800 classrooms built, and 204 million textbooks are distributed.

In an important stand for education, the Senate resolution affirms the leadership and commitment of “the United States Government to improving access to quality education for the poorest and most marginalized youth worldwide.” The resolution encourages continued US commitment to the GPE.

GPE is calling for $3.1 billion to support its work over the 2018-2020 period. The U.S. has made increased commitments to the GPE each year. Last year, the United States pledged $75 million to support the GPE. In 2018, the House of Representatives have requested $87.5 million in funding for GPE. We are calling on the United States to make a three-year $337.5 million pledge to GPE’s third replenishment.

Commitments made by the Senate are meaningful in the fight for education. When politicians work across the aisle, it sends a unified message to the nation and our global community: children with access to schooling create healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities and nations, and that’s something that everyone should fight for.

Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Cory Booker deserve a huge thank-you for their bipartisan leadership on the GPE Resolution. They listened to the voices of global citizens and took a step in the right direction for children around the world. They are true education champions.