To the Editor:

Congratulations to John A. Logan College on its 50th anniversary of providing higher educational opportunities to many.

As a student, I’m grateful for the educational opportunities we are given in our country, especially since many kids around the world don’t have the same chances to learn and reach their potential. A staggering 263 million children and youth around the globe that should be in school, are not. Educating the future generation not only provides them with tools to uplift themselves out of poverty and be a productive member of society, but also keeps them out of streets and conflict; and from being recruited by terrorist groups.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) provides kids around the world access to quality education, prioritizing the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility and conflict.

Thanks to Rep. Mike Bost for taking the lead, and being the first congressman from Illinois to co-sponsor the House Resolution 466 that supports the GPE. I ask Southern Illinoisans to urge Rep. John Shimkus and Rep Rodney Davis to join the effort towards an educated and peaceful future.

Sri Jaladi

St. Louis

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