Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. In support of the effort, USAID also announced over $230 million for new programs to support education around the world. Then, even if they can reach a school, they may not have the trained teachers, adequate materials, or support they need to learn to read, write, and do basic math. Recent events in Nigeria focused the world’s concern on their plight. It’s time to Let Girls Learn.
Let Girls Learn is an effort by the United States Government to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. It is led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead U.S. Government Agency working to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies. In support of the effort, USAID also announced $231.6 million for new programs to support primary and secondary education and safe learning in Nigeria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Jordan, as well as support for Guatemala’s ongoing, successful efforts to improve quality of education for under-served populations.
WHY LET GIRLS LEARN?
When girls are educated, their families are healthier and they have more opportunities to generate income in adulthood. An educated girl has a ripple effect:
On Her Family:
- One more year of education increases a woman’s income by up to 25 percent.
- A girl who has a basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV.
- Children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of 5.
- If all women in sub-Saharan Africa had a secondary education, 1.8 million lives would be saved each year.
- Simulations using data from women farmers in Kenya suggest that crop yields could increase by 25 percent if all that country’s girls attended primary school.
- After looking at 100 countries, the World Bank found that increasing the share of women with a secondary education by 1 percent boosts annual per capita income growth by 0.3 percentage points.
- Countries where women hold more than 30 percent of seats in political bodies are more inclusive, egalitarian and democratic.
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11/2/15 First Lady Michelle Obama Op Ed: Let Girls Learn
First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will make stops in Doha and Amman; the First Lady will also visit US military service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base as part of the Joining Forces initiative
As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady will visit Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan from November 1-7, 2015.
In Doha, Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), addressing an audience of education leaders from the region and around the world about global girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative. Since 2009, WISE has brought together leaders annually to explore concrete steps to improve education worldwide.
As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will also visit service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base.
First Lady Michelle Obama Travel Itinerary
First Lady, Michelle Obama visits HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
The Diwan, Doha, Qatar
First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official meetings
Amman, Jordan First Lady Michelle Obama visits a school constructed with USAID funding and technical support
Amman, Jordan First Lady Michelle Obama meets with adolescent girls attending the school
Amman, Jordan First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks and commends Jordan for its generosity and commitment to educating all children living within its borders.
Amman, Jordan First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
Amman, Jordan First Lady Michelle Obama visits the historical and archaeological city of Petra that is famous for its rock-cut architecture
Ma’an Governorate, Jordan
November 1-7, 2015
First Lady Michelle Obama
Travels to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan