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April 21st, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Pursuing Education for All

Actress Jessica Alba teams up with Rep. Nita Lowey of New York on landmark legislation to help achieve universal basic education around the world. They are kicking off the “One Goal: Education for All” campaign in the United States. The campaign is aimed at helping the 72 million children worldwide who still lack access to basic education. They both joined Fredricka Whitfield in the CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield • Tony Harris
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  1. James Sanson

    This is where we say leave hollywood in hollywood. Who is Jessica Alba besides a sexy lady who sexed her way to her top. I do not want to be mean, but the education system in our States suck, which attempts to make it uniform in the State. Education is a local thing that much matchup to local needs. All markets are different, so if a State system fails, then you would assume a national one would, and so would an international one. Forcing international education will cause the removal of countries rights of in dependency. Our education system fails right now because of too many lawyers and not enough turn over. We need to first remove the teacher's unions, and answer the question to how to improve education results in micro markets.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  2. Kody

    If Jessica Alba really wanted to help give Education to everyone...she would go back to school and become a teacher. She would use the money she already has to start teaching for herself! She is using this as a political stunt. Of course we want all of our kids and people who want education to have it! Why wouldn't we? The main problem is, there is no money to employ these teachers! If we had food, transportation and housing to give to these future teachers, I am sure most would work for free! That should be a benefit of teaching; no taxes, free food, free housing. Provide everything they need so they can not complain they need 'money'...because that is, should not be, why they decided to teach. How selfish is that for someone to choose a job based off how easy it could be when they should be doing something they love.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  3. Kasey Fleming

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    April 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  4. paula hill

    that was great...thanks...

    April 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  5. Carl

    Education for ALL IN THE U.S. first and foremost. Not interested in resources for other countries who are better off than us. Open your eyes to the desparation here.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  6. Ann Wright

    After sitting at my desk and reading about education for all. I cried, I am in law school and have a year and a half to go. I am praying that we can all work together and not have to fight against each other.

    Please stop putting so much pressure on our President. He is a good man. In his year in office he has done so many good things. We should not let the Tea Party get between us. Tell Sara Palin to stop her raciial remarks along with her uninformed followers.

    President Obama, has even extended unemployment. Do you think he is not looking out for the people? Thank you for alllowing me to speak my peace.

    In the old days we didn't have freedom of speech, we had to speak only when spoken to. What a great day, and better days are coming.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We all need terrific education or at least the opertunity for it we need to deserve it first before we get it when it comes free .

    April 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Jennifer

    I realize you probably fancy yourself some sort of Capitalist, saving taxpayer dollars, but what you are suggesting smacks heavily of Communism. People were supposed to work for the welfare of their glorious state and in exchange were paid in miserable free housing and with meager free food.

    Communism fails: just try telling a CEO that he should work for free for the good of his company.

    Nobody goes into being a teacher thinking they will get rich, but they expect to make a living.

    April 22, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  9. Challang R Marak

    It is really a great effort from Jessica Alba to sensitise the importance of universal of basic education. the need of the hour has come to support this cause from all the corners of the world because it is a universal effort which is needed

    April 23, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  10. BMC

    Be careful with your words Tony, this issue is not "hot" as you said, people are being killed in Chicago at a rate higher than the war in Iraq. Natl. Guard is an in humane way to deal with a humane problem. Years of neglect, under funding, and lack of concern by law enforcement, are the cause. There is a "let them kill themselves" mentality regarding these neighborhoods. The solution is the OASIS concept. Make the community an OASIS, whatever the cost. That means stop the flow and the desire for drugs, and build a Community space. Build a performing arts venue, create affordable housing everywhere. Create beautiful public spaces. The only thing of value there now is the turf that the drug dealers use, so they will kill to protect it. The cycle has to be broken.

    April 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  11. BMC

    I am in school to be a teacher, a second career, after the mortgage business died. There are no jobs, every district is cutting back, and now I have new loans to pay....

    April 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  12. Misty

    As someone who works with congress, I'd ask the commenters to educate themselves a little bit. Really look at the scale of the problem with lack of access to basic education and what that means, the amount of money we have versus common wisdom of what citizens think we have, and how much we're spending on "defense" (see war and imperialism) versus foreign development aid (57% versus less than 1%).

    Education for all DOES NOT mean choosing the children of the world OVER the children of this country but simply choosing children.
    We don't need to choose between making sure there is universal literacy, writing, and math abilities in other countries OR here! Why is this always the first/last dichotomy proposed?

    Jessica Alba is focusing on the US government because simply that's where all the money is. Bill Gates gives tons of money and it's TRULY a drop in the bucket compared to what the US has, what WE have. So if she wanted to learn to teach and spend all her money, great, but it's not the most effective, efficient strategy. And the media may not have covered this important effort and legislation without her so she made our country's power structure respond.

    Money isn't why people decide to teach obviously, but without money, under capitalism, or a capitalist focus and power dynamic, you cannot live. That's one reason we need a Global Fund for Education – to fund what poor countries cannot afford to fund, like hiring teachers, providing free school lunches, electricity, running water, transportation for students, books, and having bathrooms in buildings.

    And there are problems here, people who don't get their share even when they work for it, due to racism, capitalism, patriarchy, a myriad of problems and cycnicism and indifference and our own feelings our lack of power. But please stop saying we have to do this or that, us or them, etc. because other people suffer, honestly, much worse than the vast majority of people in this country daily – billions of people. You can't say people who have no access to clean water or a few bucks for TB treatment are better off than we are.

    It is NOT us or them. It is NOT fund here or there. It is END WAR or it will end us. It is we all thrive or none of us will.

    Don't forget MLK Jr:

    "An injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

    April 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm |