FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2019
Jennifer Rigg, Executive Director
Washington, DC - The Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) commends Congress for including $875 million for international basic education in the FY2020 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill. We are extremely pleased that the House of Representatives and Senate passed the bill, and the President sign it into law.
With $75 million of additional basic education funding over FY2019 enacted levels, USAID and its partners can better support the 258 million children and youth who are out-of-school around the world and improve the quality of education they receive.
GCE-US praises Congress for including critical support to multilateral organizations to address basic education needs in a variety of contexts. The FY2020 funding bill includes $100 million for the Global Partnership for Education, which strengthens education systems in developing countries, and $25 million for Education Cannot Wait, which links governments, humanitarian actors, and development efforts to deliver a more collaborative and rapid response to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crises. With 75 million school-aged children and youth either in danger of or already missing out on their education due to conflict, we know that providing education for all requires a global effort, and we are thrilled that the US Government continues to do its part.
GCE-US looks forward to working with Congress and the administration to implement this funding increase and ensure universal quality, inclusive education, which is at the core of all human development.