US: Malala urges US government to support girls education globally

New York, US (PANA) - Education advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ms. Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday in Washington, DC, urged the American government to commit additional political and financial resources to further support free and safe education for all girls around the world.

In a statement sent to PANA in New York, the Malala Fund said that Ms. Yousafzai on
Tuesday visited the seat of the US Congress on Capitol Hill, and called on American lawmakers to support the allocation of financial resources in the fiscal year 2016 to enhance girls education.

She called for strengthened US leadership for girls’ education globally, including increased
US contributions for the Global Partnership for Education and also urged US senators and
representatives to support additional funding for girls’ secondary education through
First Lady Michelle Obama’s new initiative, 'Let Girls Learn'.  

She noted that more than 60 million girls globally are denied their right to quality
education due to poverty, violence or tradition.

Ms. Yousafzai said the Malala Fund was campaigning for all countries to guarantee and
fund 12 years of free primary and secondary education for all children by 2030 as part of
the Sustainable Development Goals.

"Girls can be anything they dream. They are brave and strong but many do not get the
opportunity to even go to school. It is time that a bold and clear commitment is made by
the US to increase funding and support governments around the world to provide 12
years of free primary and secondary education for everyone by 2030.

"We must invest in books, not bullets. US leaders have a choice to make: they can
either invest in military and war or in education and hope. Without education, it is
impossible to achieve the peace we all seek. Education for all is the only answer,"
she stated.

PANA learned that Ms. Yousafzai, who is still in school and currently on summer
break, was at the US meeting with a range of partners in her mission to promote
girls’ secondary education, including students, NGOs, leaders, philanthropists and
other advocates.

The statement said she will also be sharing her upcoming documentary film:
"He Named Me Malala", which will be released in theaters in the US in October
2015 and launch a global campaign to educate and empower girls.

It disclosed that Ms. Yousafzai met with members of the US House and Senate
to share about her work globally and speak out about the importance of girls’
education internationally, particularly in support of universal secondary education.

During her visit, she met with education champions Representative Kay Granger
(Republican) and Representative Nita Lowey (Democratic), Senator Richard Durbin
(Democratic), Senator Mark Kirk (Republican), Senator John McCain (Republican),
as well as a group of bipartisan senior women staffers from the House and Senate.

She was accompanied by her father Ziauddin Yousafzai and the President of the
Malala Fund, Meighan Stone.

Malala Fund is a non-profit organization that empowers girls globally through
education to achieve their potential and be agents of change in their communities.

Co-founded in 2013 by student, education activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Malala Yousafzai and her father and teacher Ziauddin Yousafzai, the Malala Fund
invests in and advocates for girls’ secondary education and amplifies the voices
of adolescent girls globally.
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