Every child has the right to an education.

Education transforms lives and breaks the cycle of poverty that traps so many children. Education for girls is particularly important — an educated mother will make sure her own children go to and stay in, school.

And yet: an astounding number of children and youth — an estimated 264 million globally — are not getting an education, due to war, famine, child marriage, child labor and other forms of violence, deprivation, and abuse. Each and every one of them deserves the opportunity to learn so that they may someday reach their full potential.

With Next Stage Production’s help, there are now children and adolescents after school enrollment in primary and secondary after school arts than there were a decade ago in the Los Angeles area.

Whether it means setting up temporary classrooms for children, distributing books and other learning materials, training teachers or even rebuilding an entire after school educational system, NSP is committed to getting kids back to learning — whatever it takes.

Since children cannot tell their parents they have a vision problem (they often assume that everyone sees the world as they do), all children before the age of 5 should have a comprehensive eye exam from an eye doctor before they reach school age. Including this simple step in a child’s preparation for school will help maximize his or her chances for success in school, in sports, and in life.

With “good” visual acuity we can uplift, inspire, and motivate individuals to live a positive life, to reach their highest potential, and thrive in their field of dreams?

The pre-primary education (PPE) intervention ensures that children aged 5 plus, previously not accessing PPE services, receive age-appropriate care and pre-primary education that supports and nurtures their early learning in a safe learning environment so they are ready for primary school. The learning centers are located in strategic pockets of the communities and maintain close contact with the nearest primary schools for a smooth transition to first grade.

Yet malnutrition is linked to nearly half of all childhood deaths under 5 — stealing about 3 million young lives a year. And for millions of children, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts their physical and mental growth.

We work to ensure that the most vulnerable children, including those in underserved communities, can access their right to quality education.

Education is one of the smartest investments we can make to support child survival, growth, and development. This is why, as an NSP supporter, I am deeply concerned with the issue of equal access to education. I commend this bill’s bipartisan effort to make education for displaced children a U.S. priority, and I urge you to cosponsor S.1580.