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May 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Abducted Nigerian girls: U.S. should give to partnership for education

Thank you for running Ann McFeatters’ syndicated column in the paper [“Evil must be confronted,” Opinion, May 14].

She rightly calls on all governments to do what’s right, when it comes to girls’ education — noting the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, and Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan.

Girls who simply seek an education that will give them an opportunity to find a job. An education that will make it less likely they will get HIV, and more likely their children would survive beyond age five. How can we oppose that?

Well, if we aren’t working to make it happen, we might just as well be affirming opposition. The Global Partnership for Education is taking concrete steps to support the development of sustainable national education plans.

The U.S. can help it reach the $3.5 billion goal with a contribution of just $250 million. Others are expected to give more. We can ask the president to support that $250 million contribution.

It is a tiny percentage of the military budget, and yet it would have a huge impact on making the world a safer place for everyone. It would help lead us out of the dark ages, in terms of our attitudes about girls and women. It will make a difference, and will make it possible to directly confront evil.

Robert C. Dickerson II,

Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Ann McFeatters, Boko Haram, Global Partnership for Education


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