White House Announces New Education Initiative
An estimated 62 million girls worldwide are not in school, and half of those are adolescents. With that statistic in mind, the White House has introduced a new education initiative — spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps — dedicated to helping adolescent girls around the globe enroll in school and complete their educations.
“Let Girls Learn” is a program designed to combat problems faced disproportionately by under-educated girls – including diminished economic opportunities, increased susceptibility to HIV/AIDS, forced marriage, and other forms of violence – by affording them the opportunity to learn. “[W]hen a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family, and improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community,” according to a statement issued by the White House. Read More>>