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Daily Scoop: A Message to the Next U.S. President, A New Record for High School Grads, and More

November 06, 2012

1. As we cross election day here in the United States, an op-ed from NGO Global Communities calls for the next group of U.S. leaders to maintain life-saving aid, which makes a huge impact while only taking up a small fraction of the overall U.S. budget. From the article:

The fact is that the entire foreign affairs budget, of which foreign assistance and development is only a part, comprises less than 1 percent of the overall federal budget. Cutting aid would not only be ineffective in balancing the budget, but it would do so at the cost of life-saving programs that consistently deliver results.”

2. According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, record numbers of American students are completing high school and college.  One-third of U.S. students 25-29 now have earned at least a bachelor’s degree.

The study points to the economic recession and slow jobs recovery leading more students to pursue higher education and shifted attitudes about the necessity of a college degree. Read more in this New York Times report

3. Africa is “leading the way for women” according to a new post on The Women’s Blog of the Guardian. The article points to big milestones over the past year that collectively signal more progress for gender equality across the continent, including the election of Joyce Banda as president of Malawi and the fact that the Rwandan parliament is now made up of 56% women. See a full list of 100 women shaping the future of Africa from ARISE100. 

 
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