This bill — known as the Education for All Act — would seek to promote universal education that includes women and girls in developing countries through the foreign aid that the U.S. provides such countries. It emphasizes that it’s in the U.S. national interest to promote universal basic education in developing countries as it boosts economic growth, enhances democracy, empowers women and girls, and decreases extremism.
It would be U.S. policy to work with foreign governments, international and civil society organizations to achieve a quality universal basic education that is sustainable by:
Assisting developing countries and nongovernmental and multilateral organizations to provide all children with a quality basic education;
Promoting education as the foundation for community development
The president would be directed to develop a comprehensive U.S. strategy to achieve these goals through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Relevant foreign aid would be prioritized for countries with the greatest need and opportunity to expand access to education and have a measurable impact on children and educational systems. Priority would also be given to countries where there are chronically underserved or marginalized populations, or people being affected by conflict or crisis.
USAID would designate a Senior Coordinator that would be in charge of providing this education assistance and responsible for the oversight of all U.S. activities and resources used to promote quality universal basic education.