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Letter to the Editor: An Inspiration for Global Education

September 12, 2011

Source: Kitsap Sun

An inspiration for global education

What an inspiration to read your recent article regarding Silverdale's Cathy Harris collecting books and visual aids for primary schools in Kenya! ("Classrooms in Kenya get help," Sept. 8)

The comment from a former Kenyan recalling seeing situations like 50 students reading out of 12 books was particularly intriguing. It's disgusting, actually, when I read that what we spend in five months in Afghanistan could insure that practically every child on this planet get a primary education. Globally, 67 million elementary school-aged kids don't go to school at all. Millions more kids receive a poor-quality education and will not be able to read, write, or count.

Slashing global poverty-focused aid programs won't make a dent in our national debt and will undermine long-term international security and economy stability. I was surprised to learn that last year, developing nations purchased 50 percent of U.S. exports. One in five jobs in the U.S. is export-related. Helping developing nations does help us!

The Education for All Fast Tract Initiative (FTI) has recently been introduced into Congress. The FTI is evidenced-based and has been cited by the Global-8 (a forum of the 8 countries consisting of the largest economies) as a model of aid effectiveness. We need to support the FTI.

By the way, Cathy Harris is trying to figure out how to pay the shipping costs for the 200 plus pounds of books, etc. that has been donated for the schools in Kenya. You can contact the Kitsap Sun for her contact information, if you want to send her a check.

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