Mission Statement

The mission of the Basic Education Coalition is to promote expanded, equitable access to quality basic education so that all children have the chance to learn.

The Coalition believes that basic education – literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and life skills – offers children the best hope of escaping a life of poverty and despair. A quality basic education directly impacts all aspects of human development and well-being, including economic growth, health, nutrition, agricultural productivity, democracy and governance, women and girls’ empowerment, and human rights and security.

The Basic Education Coalition works with U.S. policymakers, partner organizations, and the public to increase support and funding for quality basic education around the world. Our objective is to accelerate progress toward the Education for All (EFA) goals, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to education. These international efforts aim to ensure that by 2015, every boy and girl around the world has access to a quality basic education. The Basic Education Coalition works to develop, encourage and support the U.S. role as a leader in these efforts.

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