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.

Contact Congress in support of the Protecting Girls' Access to Education Act (H.R. 2408 / S.1580). Take action in support of legislation that encourages the U.S. Government to make education a priority for children uprooted by conflict and crisis. Learn more here.

Breaking News! The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2408 on October 3, 2017. Now, it's time to turn our attention to the Senate!


How You Can Help

Contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor the Protecting Girls' Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (S.1580). The text of your letter depends on whether your Senators have cosponsored the legislation. Review each letter to find out where your legislators stand. 



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Letter to Congress

Subject: Please Protect Access to Education for Children Uprooted

Dear Member of Congress:

I am writing to ask you to support vulnerable girls' access to education by cosponsoring the Protecting Girls' Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (S.1580).

The world is facing the greatest displacement crisis since World War II. Around the world, nearly 50 million children are living outside of their country of birth or are displaced within their own country. More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, according to a recent UNICEF analysis. Refugee children and adolescents are 5 times more likely to be out of school than their non-refugee peers.

To make matters worse, twice as many displaced girls as boys will never even start school. Despite the huge need for education in crisis situations, just 3.6 percent of global humanitarian funding was spent on education.

To help solve this problem, the Protecting Girls' Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (S.1580) encourages the U.S. Government to make the education of children displaced by conflict or crisis a priority in their assistance efforts, and directs the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase the access of displaced children - especially girls - to educational, economic, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Education is one of the smartest investments we can make to support child survival, growth, and development. This is why, as a UNICEF supporter, I am deeply concerned with the issue of equal access to education. I commend this bill's bipartisan effort to make education for displaced children a U.S. priority, and I urge you to cosponsor S.1580.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.

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