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First Lady Partners with Peace Corps to Spearhead 'Let Girls Learn'

First Lady Partners with Peace Corps to Spearhead 'Let Girls Learn'

There are tens of millions of girls worldwide who aren't in school, and First Lady Michelle Obama want to help fix that problem with her new initiative, Let Girls Learn

Obama is partnering with the Peace Corps for a "government-wide initiative to help girls, especially in developing nations, begin and complete their education," according to an article on

“Peace Corps will be supporting hundreds of new community projects to help girls go to school and stay in school – everything from after-school mentoring to girls’ leadership camps, to entrepreneurial projects… and many more,” the first lady said at the program’s launch, according to the article.

According to the article, "the numbers tend to vary depending on which organization is counting, but according to the latest UNICEF data, about 58 million primary-school-age children are out of school today, and 31 million of those are girls. That’s not counting the additional 63 million adolescents aged 12 to 15 who are also not in school, the organization found."

All in all, the article said, "the Peace Corps estimates that about 62 million girls globally are missing out on an education."

"In hotspot countries, the disparity can be much more stark. In Central African Republic, Afghanistan, and Niger, for instance, less than 70 girls for every 100 boys are enrolled in school, according to a Brookings Institute report. In Chad and Somalia, the figure drops to less than 50 for every 100 boys," the article said.

“Time and again, you have told me that whatever these obstacles these girls face – whether it’s school fees, or violence, or cultural beliefs that girls simply aren’t worthy of an education – you’ve said that these problems will not be fixed from on high, that these are community challenges that call for community solutions,” the first lady said in the article. "I see myself in these girls. I see our daughters in these girls. And like all of you, I just can’t walk away from them. Like you, I can’t just sit back and accept the barriers that keep them from realizing their promise."

The partnership, the article said, " kicks off with the first lady’s trip to Japan and Cambodia later this month."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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