we Sens. Marco RubioR-Fla., and Dick DurbinD-Ill., joined forces to propose “to reauthorize the Enhancing Education Accountability in Development Act (READ) for five years to continue access to basic education for children around the world.
Rubio successfully led efforts to reauthorize the READ Act in 2017. United States Representative Karen BassD-California and Chris SmithR-NJ, defend the proposal in the United States House.
On Tuesday, Rubio weighed in on the proposal put forward by Durbin earlier in the week.
“After years of acute learning loss brought on by the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic, millions of vulnerable children around the world have lost precious educational opportunities and face a future marked by violence and poverty. The resources provided by the READ Act are now more important than ever,” Rubio said. “I was proud to lead my colleagues in the initial enactment of this bill and am grateful to be working across the aisle again to improve educational opportunities around the world.”
“Given the terrible loss of learning around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reauthorization of the READ Act could not come at a more important time,” Durbin said. “This will ensure that U.S. development programs continue to focus on providing basic education around a strong long-term strategy – one that includes ensuring girls have access to school. .”
“The 10-year reauthorization of the READ Act will stabilize and strengthen U.S. efforts with partner nations, the private sector, and civil society organizations — including faith-based organizations, which are active in many countries where state agencies don’t exist – to promote basic education in some of the world’s most challenging regions,” Smith said. “To invest in children’s education globally is to invest in American security, because it gives children everywhere hope for the future.Our legislation also recognizes and facilitates partnerships with parents who are the primary educators of our children.
“Basic education is unequivocally one of the most important resources young people need to become strong leaders, doctors, business owners and economic contributors to their nations. That is why I present the READ Act Reauthorization Act of 2022,” Bass said. “Basic education is a global human right, and we must continue to lead efforts to ensure that all young people have adequate access to this right, especially now. given the major impact that COVID-19 has had on the education system.
“The READ law modifies the Foreign Aid Act of 1961, and declares that it will be the policy of the United States to work with partner countries, other donors, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and nongovernmental and civil society organizations, including faith-based organizations, to promote an education quality basic education through programs and activities that: respond to the needs of developing countries to improve literacy; strengthen education systems and expand access to safe learning; promote education as the basis for sustained economic growth; and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of basic education programs in partner countries,” Rubio’s office noted.
The invoice was sent to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.