In March 2015, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn, which brings together the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), as well as the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS
Relief (PEPFAR), to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential. Let Girls Learn combines the necessary political will, diplomacy, grassroots organizing, and development expertise to create lasting change.
Recognizing that adolescent girls face multiple challenges in pursuing an education, Let Girls Learn is employing a holistic approach to change the perception of the value of girls at the individual, community and institutional levels; foster an enabling environment for adolescent girls’ education; and engage and equip girls to make life decisions and important contributions to society. Building on U.S. government expertise, Let Girls Learn elevates existing programs
and invests in new efforts to expand educational opportunities for girls—including in areas of conflict and crisis. The initiative leverages public-private partnerships and challenges others to commit resources to improve the lives of adolescent girls worldwide. It also expands collaborations with experts and places particular emphasis on community-led solutions to help adolescent girls complete their education.
USAID strongly supports girls' education worldwide, especially in countries affected by conflict or crisis where we provide safe access to schools, help rebuild education systems, and create alternative learning programs. The Agency is focused on increasing access to quality education, reducing barriers to success, and empowering adolescent girls.
As part of our work to advance shared peace, prosperity, and security, the Department of State uses diplomacy and public outreach to empower adolescent girls and ensure they have access to secondary education. We are also building partnerships and implementing new programs to address challenges facing adolescent girls globally.
Peace Corps Volunteers work to identify barriers facing adolescent girls who want to attend school, and support community-led girls’ education projects worldwide. The Peace Corps will train thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of community leaders to advance girls’ education and empowerment, and will work with local leaders on solutions.
MCC invests in education projects that support economic growth by giving students the foundational knowledge and skills they need to get jobs and increase their livelihoods. MCC also works to maximize girls’ and women’s educational opportunities by improving quality and access, building capacities, training teachers and community leaders, and instituting policy reforms.
The U.S. Department of Labor supports programs that reduce the prevalence of the worst forms of child labor among adolescent girls around the world, providing vulnerable girls with educational opportunities, skills training, and the knowledge needed to become empowered members in their communities.
The Department of Agriculture's McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program reduces hunger and promotes girls’ education through their school feeding assistance programs around the world. By providing nutritious school meals, take-home rations, teacher training and related support, McGovern-Dole projects help boost school enrollment and academic performance, especially for girls.
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