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World Bank must honor its education commitment

To the editor:

Today there are still 61 million children around the world who lack basic education.

This is a problem, however, that can be fixed. In 2010, the World Bank pledged to increase funding by $750 million to put children from developing nations in school.

Despite the fact that this pledge was made just two years ago, the bank has already reneged on its word, using fuzzy math to reduce the amount of money it will spend on education by almost $500 million over a five-year span. Educating children and increasing literacy rates are crucial steps in the drive to end poverty. This reduction in funds by the World Bank is unacceptable.

Noah Lerner

Amherst

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