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President Bush Doubles Education Assistance to Developing Countries

President Bush's proposed budget would more than double education assistance from $115 million in 2001, to a record $265 million in 2004.

  • U.S. programs in Africa have helped 12.5 million children go to school who would otherwise have been deprived of a basic education.

U.S. global leadership in education promotes real growth, reduces poverty, and brings hope to millions around the world.

  • In Afghanistan, the U.S. recently printed and distributed 15 million textbooks - now in the hands of nearly three million students - and 3,600 teachers have been trained in the latest teaching methods.
  • In 2002, more than 580,000 foreign students were enrolled at U.S. universities and community colleges to obtain skills needed to build a better world--a 6.4 percent increase over the previous year.
  • Last year alone, U.S. training programs provided needed job skills to more than 430,000 citizens in the developing world.
  • The U.S. is a major bilateral donor for the global Education for All Initiative (EFA), now active in 39 countries.

Graph of total education assistance funding under President Bush.