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.”