Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government-wide initiative that centers on global advocacy and partnerships to expand efforts to help girls worldwide attend and complete school. One of the biggest components of the initiative is its partnership with USAID and Peace Corps.
More than 62 million girls are not in school. Half of them are adolescents. The initiative will focus on funding community girls’ education projects like girls’ leadership camps and school bathrooms; educate girls in conflict zones; and address poverty, HIV, and other issues that keep girls out of school. These girls have diminished economic opportunities and are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, early and forced marriage, and other forms of violence.
“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. 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% 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.” www.letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov
The initiative also calls on other organizations and governments to raise public awareness and engagement, to encourage and support community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent girls from attending and completing their education.
Let Girls Learn have also come together with Girl Rising. A feature film and a global campaign that has reached millions of people, raised millions of dollars for its cause, and ignited conversations and actions in communities around the world.
To take action and learn more, visit:
White House - Let Girls Learn
Peace Corps - Let Girls Learn
USAID - Let GIrls Learn
Girl Rising - Let Girls Learn
The First Lady Speaks to Peace Corps Volunteers
The President and First Lady Launch the Let Girls Learn Initiative