Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government-wide initiative to empower girls around the world by helping them to attend and complete school. Right now more than 62 million girls around the world are denied the right to an education. 

A key part to the success of Let Girls Learn will be supporting community-led solutions to reduce obstacles and barriers that could prevent these girls from completing their education. Luckily, the initiative has additional help from the Peace Corp and USAID. The Peace Corp has already been building relationships in these communities and is able to identify specific barriers these girls are facing, keeping them from an education. USAID invests around $1 billion annually in education programs and have helped train over 300,000 teachers worldwide.
"To educate a girl is to build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future. Unfortunately today, 62 million girls around the world are not in school. Half of them are adolescents. We know that countries with more girls in secondary school tend to have lower maternal mortality rates, lower infant mortality rates, lower rates of HIV/AIDS, and better child nutrition. But too often, a girl who could change her world for the better is locked out of that future by the circumstances of her birth or the customs of her community."
Join the movement on Instagram or Twitter by using this tagline:
"In school, I learned ______. #62MillionGirls don't have that chance." 
Here's one of my faves. From Mindy Kaling's Instagram - 

 "I was all smiles because I got to go to school and be myself. #62MillionGirls don't have that chance. Let's end that."

For more information on the Let Girls Learn initiative, check out the White House website and the #62MillionGirls website and get involved!

Photo Cred: Let Girls Learn Yearbook

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