What it’s all about: The Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act seeks to improve access to education for girls who were forced to flee their homes. Refugee students often have no access to schools. Those schools that do accept refugees struggle with lack of learning materials, overcrowded classrooms and language barriers. Refugee girls are especially vulnerable to early marriage, human trafficking and child labor. The bill would make it a sense of Congress that it is critical to ensure displaced children have access to quality educational services and that the educational needs of girls and women are considered in the design, implementation and evaluation of foreign assistance programs.
What the Bill Does:
- Encourages countries to support efforts to provide refugees with access to safe, quality primary and secondary education.
- Enhances training and capacity-building for national governments hosting refugees by providing coordination among the United Nations, World Bank, local and international non-governmental organizations and other parts of civil society.
- Promotes the hosting of refugees within local educational systems, especially with innovative solutions such as shift schools and extended hours.
- Incorporates measures to evaluate the impact of education on the lives of girls with respect to reduction of child marriage, gender-based violence, trafficking and forced labor.
- Download Bill Summary (PDF)
- View CBO Score
- Read House Version (H.R.2408)
- View House Cosponsors
- Read Senate Version (S.1580)
- View Senate Cosponsors
Helpful Links and Media Coverage:
- Rep. Chabot press release announcing the bill
- Sen. Rubio press release announcing the bill
- Girl Up Backgrounder
- UNHCR: Importance of education
Be a Hero: Advocate for the Bill:
- Email Congress
- Call Congress. What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act” [Find phone numbers]
- Lobby. Meet with your local Congressional leaders.
- Mobilize. Oftentimes it only takes a handful of emails from constituents to get a leader to support a bill.
- Track the Bill: Signup for email alerts notifying you as the bill moves through Congress.
Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act
The Problem: Today, 50 percent of the 65 million displaced peoples in the world are under the age of 18 and one in four of said children does not have access to primary or secondary education. Women and girls in these vulnerable settings are often disproportionately denied access to education, which can hinder their ability to find jobs, engage in civil society and access other economic opportunities.
The Bill: The Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act will prioritize efforts to support access to primary and secondary education for displaced children with a specific focus on the inclusion of women and girls in foreign assistance programs.
What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act.”