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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Let Girls Learn: Michelle Obama Launches #62MillionGirls Campaign to help adolescent girls worldwide


First lady Michelle Obama is promoting the launch of a new campaign aimed at helping 62 million girls around the world gain access to education at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

This new effort will build on investments we have made and successes we have achieved in global primary school education, and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education and pursue their broader aspirations.

Let Girls Learn: Michelle Obama Launches #62MillionGirls Campaign to help adolescent girls worldwide


Obama spoke about the program during an appearance at the in Central Park on Saturday. The 62 million girls campaign, which builds on the Let Girls Learn initiative, is part of an effort to help millions of girls around the world complete their education through a Peace Corps program and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Obama took the stage and spoke of the need for the global campaign.
"... [R]ight now, 62 million girls are not in school. And what's important to know is that these are our girls," she said. "They deserve the same chances to get an education as my daughters and your daughters and all of our children. And make no mistake about it, giving them that chance is at the core of our work to end global poverty. It's the only way to ensure that these girls can fulfill their potential, provide for their families and contribute fully to their countries."
“We are helping adolescent girls worldwide go to school,”
 
Obama instructed the crowd to help get the hashtag #62milliongirls trending by posting photos of themselves on Twitter and Instagram alongside captions of what they learned in school. Shortly after her brief address, hundreds of Instagram and Twitter users, including President Barack Obama and celebrities like actress Kerry Washington and Stephen Colbert, among others, did just that.

Promoting education for girls was one of several issues raised at the annual music festival, which seeks to raise awareness about the United Nations' sustainable development goals, a list of 17 tasks which strive to end extreme global poverty by the year 2030.

A key part of Let Girls Learn will be to encourage and support community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education. Through the efforts of the First Lady - working with the Peace Corps – this new initiative will support community-generated and community-led girls’ education projects worldwide.

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