Ask Congress to Protect Access to Education for Vulnerable Children

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Every child has the right to an education

Returning to school every fall is a rite of passage for children in the United States. And yet, in many places around the world, children are deprived of this basic right to education. By advocating to your U.S. legislators, you can help multiply UNICEF’s work to ensure that the most vulnerable children, including those in emergency and conflict settings, can access their right to quality education. The Protecting Girls' Access to Education Act (H.R. 2408 / S.1580) encourages the U.S. Government to make education a priority for children uprooted by conflict and crises. Learn more here.

Now that the House of Representatives has passed the bill, we need you to ask the Senate to do the same. Contact the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to advance this legislation through the Senate to safeguard equal access to education for every child, particularly girls.

How You Can Help

Contact SFRC Leadership and urge them to advance to a vote the Protecting Girls' Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (S.1580).

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Support Education For Every Child

The Protecting Girls' Access to Education Act (H.R. 2408/ S. 1580) is federal legislation that encourages the U.S. Government to make the education of children displaced by conflict or crisis a priority in their assistance efforts.

By directing the efforts of the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this bill would increase access to educational, economic, and entrepreneurial opportunities for displaced children, especially girls.

With the 115th Congress set to expire at the end of 2018, we need the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) to mark up the bill to prepare it for a full vote. By emailing and tweeting SFRC Leadership, you can expedite this process and help leverage UNICEF's work to ensure that the most vulnerable children--including those in conflict and crises--can access their right to a quality education.