Where are there some successes in the developing world?

Question: What is the importance of building new schools?

Julia Bolz:    Education is a building block to eliminating poverty, oppression, and extremism.  And one of the things that we confronted when we first came into the country is that they needed everything.  And we approached the leaders and we said, “What do you need?  How can we serve you the most?”  And time after time, there were the leaders who said, “Build us schools.” 

And I think they were the first ones to realize that their communities were not going to change without education.  Statistically, education is tied into all different statistics – child mortality, maternal mortality, land mind victims, harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation, child slavery, early childhood marriage.  And it’s all tied together.  If you could educate the girls, you will change all those statistics.

July 4, 2007

We're making a difference in areas like tuberculosis, malaria, Bolz says.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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