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FOREIGN AID: Support Fast Track Initiative

Letter by Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton on Sep. 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm | 14 Comments »
September 6, 2011 1:56 pm

Millions of kids are getting ready to go, or already are, back in school. But not in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or the Middle East.

Around the world, nearly 70 million elementary school-aged kids (especially girls) 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.

Most Americans think the U.S. spends 25 percent of its national budget on global development aid, but it’s actually less than one percent. Less than one percent! One percent of the U.S. national budget goes to global health, education and other programs that save lives, reduce poverty, build stable nations and healthy economies. These programs support countries so they can buy our products, help grow our economy and be our allies.

The bipartisan Education for All Act of 2011 has recently been introduced into Congress. It calls on the U.S. to support a multilateral education initiative, like the Fast Track Initiative. The FTI is evidenced-based and has been cited by the Global-8 as a model of aid effectiveness. We need to support it.

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