Congresswoman Nita Lowey Addresses World Learning


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Washington, DC (February 7, 2014)

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), a champion of international engagement, made the case for America’s continued investment in international education, development and exchange at a World Learning board of trustees meeting on Thursday evening. Speaking along with Sam Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction — the nation’s largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations — Lowey addressed the board in a conversation moderated by Donald Steinberg, president and CEO of World Learning.

Lowey made a strenuous case for U.S. international development assistance while underscoring the challenges of balancing domestic and overseas priorities. “It is not easy at a time of tight budgets to keep working at it, but we have to continue to invest in international education, health care and democracy and continue to make the case for our investments by doing it effectively and efficiently so that people can stand on their own two feet,” said Lowey 

Worthington echoed those sentiments in explaining the national security reasons as well as the moral humanitarianism that compels Americans to ensure “a sense of human dignity in the world.” 

“Seven out of ten new jobs in the U.S. come about because of exports to the developing world,” said Worthington, who described the growing role of the private sector in the broader ecosystem.

The two also emphasized the importance of education and girls' empowerment in facilitating development.

“It all begins with education,” said Lowey. “If we can educate girls, we can make a difference in whole communities around the world.”

Congresswoman Lowey praised World Learning, including its 80-year old program, The Experiment in International Living, saying “this is an extraordinary organization constantly reinvigorating itself to do such important work throughout the world.” 

World Learning’s mission is to empower a new generation of global citizens to build peace, prosperity, inclusion and responsive government. It includes the highly regarded academic accredited institution, SIT, based in Brattleboro, Vt., including SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad, and the International Honors Program; The Experiment in International Living; the Washington, D.C., and internationally based development programs; and activities in 60 countries around the world.