To Support Girls’ Education
Today, more than 130 million girls around the world are out of school. We believe that we can do something to change this. It is time for action — and we need your help.
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Recent commitments by world leaders — specifically the UN Sustainable Development Goals — have helped raise the ambition for girls and shine a light on the urgent need to address the issue of girls’ secondary education.
We must keep up the momentum. In the coming months, Congress will make crucial decisions surrounding budgets for global education.
In March, Congress will begin determining funding for fiscal year 2017. We need to ensure that girls’ secondary education is a priority when these decisions are made.
World leaders have already taken action around the issue of girls’ secondary education. In September 2015, the United Nations released the Sustainable Development Goals with an added target — Goal 4 — to ensure that all children complete free, safe and quality primary and secondary education by 2030. The Global Partnership for Education followed suit in October when it announced it would expand its focus from 9 to 12 years of education for the poorest girls around the world.
Now, we are asking Congress to act. To ensure that these promises are kept and goals are reached, Congress needs to include funding for every child to receive a free, safe, quality primary and secondary education in the fiscal year 2017 budget.
Specifically, we are asking for $1 billion for global education programs: $875 million in bilateral education funding that supports USAID’s work as well as an additional $125 million for the Global Partnership for Education to increase their mandate to support 12 instead of just 9 years of education for all children.