VOTD: Michelle & Barack Obama Celebrates #LetsMove’s 5th Anniversary

Earlier this week, the White House announced the  “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which is a new project spearheaded by Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps  to make sure young women have access to education.

“[W]hen a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family, and improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community,” the White House said in a statement.

The initiative will be funded publicly and privately and will focus on building existing education programs and collaborate with other agencies. “Let Girls Learn” will start in 11 countries, such as Ghana, Uganda and Cambodia.

“The First Lady has heard firsthand about the power of community-based solutions to eliminate barriers to adolescent girls’ education around the world,” the statement said.

President Obama stated that as the father of “two fabulous, extraordinary, awesome young women,” he wants to help make sure that “no girl out there is denied her chance to be a strong, capable woman.”

“We’re making it clear to any country that’s our partner or wants to be our partner that they need to get serious about increasing the number of girls in school,” Obama said.

Mrs. Obama said the issue is personal for her because “I see myself in these girls. I see our daughters in these girls.”

 

 

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    Any legitimate initiative to allow girls to have educational opportunities and to protect the educational rights of girls is fine with me. Quality, strong education does contribute to a better living standard for human beings. This program is spread across countries. I have no issues with this action at all. There is no liberation among all in the human race unless all females are liberated. It’s as simple as that. The studies show how great real education is. I have my disagreements with the White House on various foreign policy matters and so forth, but this program is fine with me. Also, we have to address poverty too since income inequality is still very high. Imperialism must end. We all want girls to learn and to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

    #Let Girls Learn.

  • Me

    all this push for women’s education has me really wondering what the next 50 yrs will be like. i’ve seen a lotta stats lately about how many women have higher degrees than their husbands, how many make more money than their husbands, & how the number of stay at home dads is on the rise. i’m really looking forward to a world where women’s roles & men’s roles have no meaning, and men & women see all jobs & knowledge as something anybody can achieve. i think there’s a lot of untapped innovation in different fields b/c they’ve been seen through gender stereotypes.