House Passes Education for All Act

The U.S House of Representatives passed the Education for All Act legislation (H.R. 4481) that will help ensure all children have access to a basic education. The Education for All Act requires the U.S. government to develop a comprehensive, integrated strategy to improve access to quality education for children and youth in low-income countries. It addresses barriers to school attendance, retention, and completion, and also ensures that children affected by conflict and other emergencies receive an education. Crucially, the bill calls for U.S. support for the Global Partnership for Education, a multilateral partnership  focused on ensuring access to education for all.

The bill had been introduced in February by Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and David Reichert (R-WA). "An education is the fundamental tool with which boys and girls are empowered to increase their economic potential, improve their health outcomes, address cultural biases, participate in their communities, and provide for their families," said Lowey in a statement.

Planet Aid supports the passage of the Education for All Act and applauds Congress for taking this decisive vote.