I see myself in these girls, I see my daughters in these girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.
Let Girls Learn is a United States government initiative to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve. Around the world, girls face complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers in accessing education. As a girl grows older the fight to get an education becomes even harder. Her family must be willing to pay school fees. She may have a long, unsafe walk to school. She may be forced to marry. And she often lacks the support she needs to learn.
Yet, we know that educating girls can transform lives, families, communities, and entire countries. When girls are educated, they lead healthier and more productive lives. They gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to break the cycle of poverty and help strengthen their societies. It’s time to Let Girls Learn.
HelloGiggles follows four young women from Pakistan, Malawi, and Jordan on the adventure of a lifetime to New York City. Summyka, Deepa, Halima and Noor, beneficiaries of USAID programs in Pakistan, Malawi and Jordan, shared their stories of seeking an education at an event on Broadway.
PHOTO COURTESY WHITE HOUSE
THE FIRST LADY VISITS THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
While stopping by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, First Lady Michelle Obama dedicates the final segment of her interview to Let Girls Learn—accompanied by an extraordinary group of girls.
PHOTO COURTESY USAID
LAOS AND NEPAL ARE THE NEWEST CHALLENGE FUND COUNTRIES
As part of his historic visit to Laos, President Obama announces Laos and Nepal as the newest Let Girls Learn Challenge Fund Countries. Read his remarks here.
USAID ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING IN AFGHANISTAN
At the Girls’ Education Forum in London, USAID announces a commitment of $25 million through Let Girls Learn to help sustain a teacher apprenticeship program in Afghanistan for adolescent girls, as part of a new partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) Girls Education Challenge.
Photo by Peace Corps
A government-wide effort to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve.