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Michelle Obama Heads Global Effort to Educate Girls Across the World

Michelle Obama Heads Global Effort to Educate Girls Across the World

Michelle Obama has announced that the US and the UK will be working together to foster partnerships that will help educate growing girls in developing countries.

The intended efforts combined will surpass $200 million to expand on prior efforts to not only help facilitate education in developing countries, but to also fund research "to determine the best ways to educate adolescent girls," she said. "Studies show that each additional year a girl attends school can increase her earning power by 10 to 20 per cent, and that sending more girls to secondary school can boost a country’s entire economy," she said.

Later this year, the Global Partnership of Education will finalize new development goals to also address the need for improved and available education for growing girls.

This organization includes "60 developing countries, donor governments, NGOs and the private sector working to get all children into school for a quality education," said the Thomas Reuters Foundation.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, chair of the board for the Global Partnership of Education, says the importance to act has come to a head with the recent acts of violence against women in developing countries.

"Gillard said events such as the shooting of Pakistan teenager Malala Yousafzai, a campaigner for girls' education, and the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, had created a new impetus for action," the article said.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

06/18/2015

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