President Biden released his fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget request on May 28, 2021. The Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) appreciates President Biden’s leadership and calls upon Congress to increase international basic education funding, as education needs around the world are greater than ever. With more than 91 percent of the world’s student population affected by school closures in the last year, we must prioritize education to prevent losing a generation of learners.
Education is a force-multiplier with a high return on investment. For every $1 spent on education, as much as $15 is generated in economic growth. We urge Congress to appropriate at least $1.1 billion for the Basic Education account in the FY2022 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill, including support for bilateral U.S. programming, at least $150 million for the Global Partnership for Education, and at least $50 million for the Education Cannot Wait Fund. At-risk children and youth, teachers, families, and communities need our support to provide quality, inclusive education for all learners.
"Now more than ever, we must show strong support for global partnerships and global education. Given the COVID-19 emergency, it is critical that we increase our investments in children and youth around the world while scaling up effective interventions to respond to the pandemic," said GCE-US Executive Director Jennifer Rigg.
It is critical that you let your Representatives and Senators know that you support investments in international basic education. Unified global advocacy can lay the foundation for stronger education systems around the world and support for at-risk children and youth, so we all can build back better.
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