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EDUCATION: World Bank reneges on pledge

Letter by Donna M. Schindler Munro, Bremerton on Sep. 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | No Comments »
September 27, 2012 1:13 pm

I was encouraged to read the article (thenewstribune.com, 9-21) on the first lady of Qatar who is energetically speaking out on the behalf of 61 million kids who are completely deprived of any education at all.

What is under the public radar is the fact that the World Bank has quietly reneged on its pledge to increase funding for basic education by $750 million over the next five years.

Surrounded by celebrities and politicians at the U.N. General Assembly in 2010, the World Bank president and managing director boldly announced that the bank would substantially increase its lending for basic education for the world’s poorest over the next five years. This past year, the World Bank’s lending for basic education has been more than cut in half, using manipulated and deceptive math.

Most of those education-deprived millions are girls. Studies repeatedly show that girls who can read and write produce more food, marry later, are less likely to contract HIV/AIDS, have fewer and healthier children, and are more likely to be able to send their own children to school.

Responsible adults are accountable for their actions. The World Bank needs to be held accountable.

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