A belated thanks to Jane Duncan, who in her Nov. 16 opinion calls on us to do more to educate people in developing countries. She reminds us that “education is transformational for the community as well as the individual. Studies have suggested that achieving universal primary and secondary education in the adult population would reduce... the number of poor worldwide by more than half." ("Education for All Global Monitoring Report," UNESCO, 2017.)
The Global Partnership for Education offers a new and more effective way to educate people without schooling. It enables key stakeholders to work together to improve education in developing countries. This allows the GPE to require that countries who receive aid ramp up their own education budgets, make country-specific programs, and measure them to make sure they're working.
We should ask U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, to cosponsor the Global Partnership for Education Resolution, which calls on the president to make a generous financial pledge to the GPE, which, if passed by Congress, would not only give education to lots of people without it, but also help them lift themselves out of poverty. And so our aid would eventually no longer be needed.
chair, Missoula chapter