Letters to the Editor

Keeping Girls in School Act needs to be passed

Dec 4 2022, 6:01 AM

In 1868, the United States Senate passed the 14th Amendment, declaring that no child should be denied equal access to education. 

Therefore, it seems reasonable to conclude that supporting equal education for all individuals is a core American value that ought to be protected. 

Education is seen as a road to greater opportunities, but globally, 132 million girls aren’t provided with this stepping stone.

Right now, the Keeping Girls in School Act is before Congress. It recognizes that every child deserves equal access to education, especially for girls. Research has proven that girls are three times more likely than boys to be kept out of school, particularly in conflict-prone regions. Girls in school decreases the likelihood of violent conflict by 37%. Studies indicate that upgrading girls' education is linked to improving health care, child care, the economy and decreased levels of violence.

The Borgen Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making global poverty a greater focus of U.S. foreign policy. As a Borgen Project intern, my congressional leaders (Sen. Sanders, Sen. Leahy, and Rep. Welch) to co-sponsor the Keeping Girls in School Act. I hope you will contact them too because access to education for girls shouldn’t be politicized.

Reitz Wishtischin
Burlington