SEATTLE — Improving the education of children has immense benefits. More educated societies typically have better economies as education strongly determines employability. The life expectancy of educated societies is higher. Additionally, increased education encourages stronger political involvement and community service. The education of children affects what kind of life young people will have as adults.
The H.R.2408 – Protecting Girls’ Access to Education Act was introduced to Congress by Senator Steve Chabot on May 11, 2017, and cosponsored by Senator Robin Kelly. While neither Sen. Chabot nor Sen. Kelly were available for questions, Sen. Kelly’s assistant James Lewis was able to answer the following questions about this act.
1. How will supporting the education of children in other countries benefit the U.S?
Many children around the world, especially refugees and displaced persons, are vulnerable to recruitment by terrorist organizations, cartels and organized crime. By investing in their education, we live our values and enhance our security.
2. How will this act affect taxpayers?
This bill prioritizes existing aid dollars to better match our values and goals. While this will not cost taxpayers more money, it will help us realize more efficiency gains on our current investments.
3. Specifically, how will funds be allocated to support children’s access to education?
By leveraging funds in partnership with host governments, we can develop innovative approaches that educate young people, especially girls, for a brighter future, despite the harshness of their current reality.
4. How will the implementation of this act emphasize girls’ education in particular?
Displaced people, especially girls, are extremely vulnerable to sex trafficking, slavery and terrorist recruitment. Education is a shield against those nefarious actors and organizations. By focusing on educating, empowering and uplifting girls, we also create strong and thriving communities that can integrate into new communities or hopefully return to their homes to build a brighter, more peaceful future for their nations.
This is an excellent example of an act that focuses on improving foreign nations’ education of children while supporting greater global security. The best way Americans can influence the success of acts like this one is by calling their state senators and asking for their support.
– Emma Tennyson