“As the leader of the world’s largest economy, and the Commander-in-Chief of the world’s most powerful military. And I’m convinced that a world in which girls are educated is a safer, more stable, more prosperous place.” - President Barack Obama

We couldn’t agree more. That is why we’re thrilled to announce that Girl Rising is a key partner in the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to education for adolescent girls everywhere.

On Tuesday March 3rd, the President and First Lady announced the Let Girls Learn initiative. This collaboration between the First Lady and Peace Corps will focus on creating community-led solutions that tackle the barriers that keep girls from getting and staying in school. The initiative also calls on and engages other organizations and governments to allocate resources to raising the value of the girl worldwide and marks a ground-breaking US government commitment to girls all over the globe.

“Sixty-two million girls around the world who should be in school are not,” The President remarked, in his introduction for the First Lady. “That’s not by accident. It’s the direct result of barriers, large and small, that stand in the way of girls who want to learn.”

By masterfully tapping into an existing US government program, Let Girls Learn will work at the grassroots level to eliminate these barriers. The key to the program will be the Peace Corps volunteers on the ground. Trained Peace Corps volunteers will work to create community-generated and community-led solutions in their assigned community.

“Peace Corps will soon be bringing new expertise and leadership on girls’ education into every single community they serve,” The First Lady explained. “So while the focus of this effort will be local, because of this work, the scope will be global and the impact will truly be generational.”

To achieve this, Peace Corps Volunteers will receive gender and girls’ education training, work hand-in-hand with community leaders (and the girls themselves!), and work to allocate resources and Volunteers to target countries. This effort will aim to create real change from the grassroots level, identifying and breaking down barriers that girls face locally.

Engaging new advocates for girls rights and connecting them to Peace Corps volunteers on the ground is a vital part of this new initiative. This is where Girl Rising comes in. In her address, the First Lady expressed the importance of generating excitement and fostering a desire to connect and an interest in global issues.

“I want our kids in this country to be citizens of the world. I want them to connect with, and learn from, kids in every corner of the globe”

Girl Rising has proven to be a powerful catalyst in sparking people all over the United States – and the world – to action. We have found there is a real hunger to be a part of change, but audiences are just not sure how. After every screening and event, we are asked the same questions: ‘what can I do?’ ‘How can I help?’ Through Let Girls Learn, we can provide a tangible, direct answer to these questions – find a project, connect with the Peace Corps volunteer who is leading it, and offer your support!

Girl Rising will work to connect passionate individuals directly to Peace Corps volunteers on the ground, in hopes to spark a meaningful dialogue and create a direct way to make a difference for girls around the globe. In doing so, we hope to reach more girls all over the world and help to create a new generation of global leaders.

Let Girls Learn is a hugely exciting step forward in making a change for girls everywhere. And we are so excited to be a part of it.

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