Obama said the initiative, in partnership with the Peace Corps and US AID, will aim to address the fact that more than 60 million girls are not in school across the developing world.
“I’m proud to say that the U.S. already does a great deal to support girls’ education around the world,” Obama stated. “But what we do, we tend to do quietly. It doesn’t get a lot of publicity. And, what we all determined is that we’ve got to take this work to the next level.”
According to a usaid.gov factsheet, “Let Girls Learn is a new whole-of-government initiative to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve. Building on USAID’s initial Let Girls Learn funding and education programs, the initiative will elevate existing programs, including in areas of conflict and crisis, leverage public-private partnerships, and challenge organizations and governments to commit resources to lift up adolescent girls worldwide. USAID will work in collaboration with the White House, the Peace Corps and the Department of State.”
In addition, “As part of the U.S. government’s commitment to ‘Let Girls Learn,’ First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps have formed a powerful collaboration to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world,” the Peace Corps website stated. “Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities but, globally, 62 million girls are not in school, and barriers to adolescent girls completing school are particularly significant. In some countries, fewer than 10 percent of teenage girls complete secondary school.
This program will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place. Peace Corps Volunteers who live and work at the grassroots level will serve as catalysts of community-led change, and every American can get involved and make a difference.”
Visit https://letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov/ for additional information regarding the initiative.