OBAMA SENDS $70 MIL. TO PAKISTANI GIRLS, WHILE AMERICAN KIDS STRUGGLE
NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
October 30, 2015
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Despite America's schoolchildren being shortchanged in many parts of the country due to a national financial downturn, President Barack Obama commited a whopping amount of taxpayer-money -- $70 million -- to help educate girls in a country that hosts thousands of Islamic terrorists including al-Qaida members. It was in Pakistan that the CIA and Navy SEALs located the hideout of radical Muslim icon Osama bin Laden, just a short distance from Pakistan's own version of West Point Military Academy.
This latest giveaway to people who despise America and its citizens, is party of First Lady Michele Obama's Let Girls Learn program designed to provive education opportunities for more than 60-million girls in third-world countries who are not in school. While on the surface it sounds like a generous and charitable effort to list women out of second-class citizenship in their home countries, American taxpayers are being bled for huge sums while American kids -- especially minorities -- are struggling in substandard schools that are inadequately funded, according to the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
What appears to be Obama once again favoring the Muslim world is a boatload of money being turned over to Pakistan's government, regardless of it being included in the U.S. State Department’s "Reports on Terrorism." The Pakistani leaders will get $70 million in order to help about 200,000 girls and young women aged 10-19.
“Young women in Pakistan face barriers and lack of access to education opportunities from an early age due to poverty, cultural norms, and geographic isolation,” noted the White House announcement.
While this "charitable" initiative is being hailed by Democrats, U.S. schools -- even the public school district in the Obamas’ own hometown of Chicago -- could use some extra cash. By Thanksgiving as many as 5,000 teachers could be laid off unless Chicago's 367,499-student school district gets a $500 million bailout from the state or help from the federal government.
School districts across the nation are also suffering with lack of funds and increasing debt. In Detroit, Michigan the public school system has a $515 million debt and among the nation’s worst performing students.
Meanwhile, in Oakland, California, across the bay from San Francisco -- the hometown of another Democratic Party leader, Sen. Nancy Pelosic -- only half of the district’s third graders read at grade level and only 34% of middle school students are proficient in math. In the District of Columbia. the public school graduation rates have been abysmal when compared to other school districts.
But the Obama's couldn't care less, since they chose not to send their daughters to local public schools but enrolled them in once of the nation's most expensive private academies.
The question remains; should American tax dollars go to this foreign education cause when public schools in this country have been hurting for years? Besides financial troubles, there’s an epidemic of low-performing schools and dismal graduation rates around the country, especially in the nation’s inner cities. "They could probably use a few million to create programs that might help improve academic performance or perhaps empower needy students like the multi-million-dollar allocation is predicted to help empower girls in Pakistan," according to Judicial Watch.
While naysayers may accuse conservatives of exaggerating the amount of money being spent to help children in other countries while children in the United States are suffering because 94 million people are not working, families are struggling and government handouts lead to enslavement for votes, here is a sample of what is being described on the White House website:
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA SUPPORTING COMMUNITY LED SOLUTIONS
Throughout her travels over the past six years, in meetings with local leaders and the Mandela Washington Fellows from the Young African Leaders Initiative, and in discussions with experts and global education advocates, First Lady [Michelle Obama] has heard first-hand about the power of community-based solutions to eliminate barriers to adolescent girls’ education around the world.
Peace Corps’ nearly 7,000 volunteers – in more than 60 developing countries – are already working side-by-side with families and community leaders. Through the grassroots development work that Peace Corps volunteers do each and every day, they are already positioned to work with communities to identify the barriers facing adolescent girls who want to attend, and stay in, school.
This will lead to hundreds of new community projects to break down those barriers. To support this effort, Peace Corps will train thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of community leaders; collaborate with local leaders to identify community-based solutions; and recruit, train and place hundreds of additional volunteers. The Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) will also connect volunteers with members of the public and private sector to fund small, community- initiated, sustainable, grassroots projects.
For more information, visit The Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn program will be phased in globally, starting in 11 countries the first year, including: Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Georgia, Ghana, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Togo, and Uganda.
Additional countries will be phased in following the first year. Organizations announcing commitments in support of this effort include: The Brookings Institution – as part of their collaboration with CHARGE (Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education), CARE, Girl Rising, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Global Partnership for Education (GPE), National Peace Corps Association, PBS LearningMedia, and UN Foundation/Girl Up.
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