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House Committee Passes Education for All Act

On July 14, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved, by voice vote, the Education for All Act (H.R. 4481), sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).

Citing the 2012 attack on education activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and the 2014 abduction of school girls in Nigeria, the legislation notes that gender discrimination continues to be a barrier to girls’ education. The bill would require the United States Agency for International Development to develop a comprehensive strategy to promote universal basic education.

The legislation notes that promoting universal basic education is in the interest of U.S. national security and a matter of foreign policy. The measure would provide assistance for developing countries to promote quality education, stimulate economic growth, and empower women and girls.

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