ERIC Number: ED368610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Our Challenge: Making Education for Basic Learning a Priority in U.S. Foreign Aid Policy.
Creative Associates International, Inc., Washington, DC.
This document discusses the need to increase the amount of U.S. international funding that goes to basic education. Because U.S. foreign aid programs are reviewed prior to a new fiscal year, this paper suggests that people can make a difference by working to raise the profile of basic education and by encouraging U.S. policymakers to increase funding and use more appropriate methods for implementing basic education programs. Basic education is defined as that which meets basic learning needs and includes: (1) early childhood care and initial education on which subsequent learning can be based; (2) primary and secondary education; (3) education in literacy; and (4) education for general knowledge, life skills, and workforce skills for youths and adults. The document uses the broader term "education for basic learning" as opposed to "basic education" because the latter is often understood as primary education for children. Education for basic learning is described as fundamental for economic growth, social and environmental development, and political development. Figures illustrate: (1) returns to investments in education versus physical infrastructure in Latin America; (2) relationship between increased education investment and economic growth and increased education and reduced fertility; (3) definition of levels of educational advancement; and (4) matching supporters with key members of Congress. In a section on outreach ideas, the document outlines steps for taking action. A sample letter and lists of relevant committee members in Congress are listed by committee. Examples of A.I.D.'s lobbying successes in policy environment, girls' education, total resource coordination, and quality in the classroom are included. (DK)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Daily Living Skills, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Foreign Policy, Literacy Education, Minimum Competencies, Role of Education, Social Change, Vocational Education
Creative Associates International, Inc., 5301 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20015.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Creative Associates International, Inc., Washington, DC.