Basic Education works. Here's how:

A Foundation for Healthy and Productive Lives

Throughout the world, societies transmit not only knowledge and skills, but ethical and behavioral norms and traditions through their education systems. Education lifts families out of poverty and children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of 5. Early education builds brain architecture- the foundation upon which all later learning, behavior, and health depend.

Photo:  Room to Read  in Cambodia

Photo: Room to Read in Cambodia


US Influence & Leadership

By 2050, 9.9 billion people will live on the earth, and 26% of the current population is under the age of 15. Continued U.S. global leadership hinges on the ability to engage the growing youth population, especially in the developing world. Text books, teachers, and lessons shape children’s worldviews, which inform their allegiances as adults. This influence advances U.S. national interests and propels the spread of democratic governance.

Photo: BEC in Ghana

Photo: BEC in Ghana


Peace & Stable Societies

Sustainable solutions, such as increased education, build stable societies in the long term. Helping societies achieve a basic level of education addresses root causes of conflict and is a key component of a comprehensive national security strategy.


Strengthened Global Economy

1 out of 5 American jobs is export-based, and approximately 50% of U.S. exports are purchased in developing countries. Greater educational attainment enables a more employable global workforce with greater buying power in developing countries, fortifying emerging markets for U.S. trade and creating a more robust investment climate. 

Photo: Jessica Scranton/ FHI 360

Photo: Jessica Scranton/FHI 360

Banner photo: Girls are ready to learn in Zambia. By Jessica Scranton for FHI360.