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Letter: Promoting education globally

Published: Monday, May 12 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Thank you for the editorial about the outrageous kidnappings of young schoolgirls in Nigeria ("Why the Nigerian kidnapping matters," May 9). Isn't it interesting that terrorists are afraid of girls getting an education? Just as the terrorists tried to kill Malala Yousafzai on her school bus, because she not only was going to school, but she advocated for all girls to go to school.

But poor countries in Africa and Asia are working with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). As you note, the U.S. has a chance to support the GPE, along with other developed nations, to help get national education plans drawn up in poor nations by their civil societies and their governments. The governments participating are providing 90 percent of the funding for their education plans.

Assistance from the developed world can help them launch these sustainable plans for education and educate kids. As it is, 57 million kids of primary school age do not have access to school. The Global Partnership is working to get them in school. For a tiny fraction of the Defense Department budget ($250 million total over two years), this would go a long way toward making the world a more stable and peaceful place. Let's stand up to the terrorists and make it possible for girls to go to school!

Bob Dickerson

Seattle

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