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TAKE ACTION: Now Is the Critical Time to Support Full Funding for Universal Education

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We can achieve a breakthrough in ending poverty by investing upfront in good quality education- giving all children the chance to live healthy, prosperous and empowered lives.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 11:58 am
About the Petition
1 in 10 children worldwide still go through life without an education. That’s 57 million children who are denied an education despite the world's promise to put every child in school by 2015. 31 million of these children are girls.
Tens of millions of children drop out of school before attaining fundamental skills like reading and math – forced into early marriages, participating in dangerous work just to feed their families, or pushed out because of school fees they can’t afford.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is the only multilateral partnership devoted to ensuring access to education. GPE provides critically needed grants to the world’s poorest countries to expand schooling for the most marginalized children. On September 28th as the UNGA meets in New York 60,000 Global Citizens will gather in Central Park, New York City for the Global Citizen Festival. The Festival will be headlined by Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and John Mayer and will issue a clarion call to world leaders to fund the programs needed to pull people out of extreme poverty. Global Citizen is calling on donor governments, specifically the United States, to allocate at least 10% of their foreign aid budgets toward basic education. The Global Citizen team is working to get a representative of the United States Government to attend the Festival and announce a funding commitment on stage. We need your help to achieve this goal.

Donor aid programs currently commit on average less than 3 percent of their budgets to basic education. The United States has contributed $2,300,000 in actual funding for the GPE since April 30, 2013. The United Kingdom has contributed nearly 300 times as much, or $676,440,746. Senators like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) have been key leaders in ensuring that the United States continues to provide funding for global education. In 2011 our government pledged to increase education access for 15 million learners in conflict-affected and fragile states by 2015 by supporting learning opportunities for youth and developing partner countries institutional capacity to provide education services. As Global Citizens, we must rally together to ensure that our government keeps this promise.

The global community has reached a pivotal moment. The deadline for achieving universal primary education as set by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching.

JL A. (281)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:32 pm
Signed of course--when RAND studied this in CA it found it to be majorly cost-effective where each dollar invested in this type program avoids future costs at least three times the amount invested

natasha salgado (715)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:55 pm

Jim Phillips (3255)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:54 pm
Petition signed.

We need better education for all so the people can survive with intelligence to make the right decisions affecting their lives as they grow older.

Ty, Beverly.

Animae C. (520)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:26 pm
You have added your voice to Now is the Critical Time to Support Full Funding for Universal Education
500 supporters. 3,000 needed!

Rose Becke (142)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 4:59 pm
You Did It!

You have added your voice to Now is the Critical Time to Support Full Funding for Universal Education

Mary T. (357)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:50 pm
You have added your voice to Now is the Critical Time to Support Full Funding for Universal Education

Judy C. (102)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:52 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.

Elizabeth O. (96)
Monday September 16, 2013, 3:45 am

Ben Oscarsito (258)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:40 am
Done. Once again... I quote Nelson Mandela:
"Education is the most powerful weapon wich can be used for World change"

Alicia B. (58)
Monday September 16, 2013, 9:56 am
signed and noted.

Mike M. (44)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:34 am

Frank R. (51)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:53 am
Noted & Signed

Birgit W. (159)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 12:42 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 1:12 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Beverly.

Jo S. (619)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:59 pm
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks Beverly.

Joe R. (190)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 3:58 pm
Thanks Beverly. Signed and noted.

Ellen Kent (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:04 pm

Jeremy S. (3)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:42 pm
Education is one of the best ways to help combat poverty. We're long overdue for fully state-funded education at all levels. (I mean government-financed, not funded by the individual state--that's recipe for disaster!)

Karen Kersten-Chestney (112)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:56 pm
Everyone should have access to an education.

Hartson Doak (39)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 8:28 pm

The advancement of civilization requires the full participation of every human being. For women to be able to fully participate in world affairs, they must be given the requisite tools, level of education and opportunities, of which they are often deprived. Through education, women will make unique contributions to the creation of a just world order: an order characterized by vigor, cooperation, harmony, and a degree of compassion never before witnessed in history.
— Baha'i International Community


Rehana VN (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 9:18 pm
An Educated Nation is a Winning Nation. As much as talking about & the right to education politicians are the culprits that have dismantled the very foundations of this right.

Sergio Padilla (63)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 3:08 pm
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