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.
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.
Peace & Stable Societies
Sustainable solutions, such as increased education, counter violent extremism in the long term and reduce recurrence of need for military intervention for future generations. 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.
Banner photo: Girls are ready to learn in Zambia. By Jessica Scranton for FHI360.