The First Lady Visits London As Part Of Her Let Girls Learn Initiative

The First Lady arrived to London on Tuesday and announced a new partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom to improve girls’ access to education around the world. The program called “Let Girls Learn” is an investment in girls’ education, which is so amazingly important in all aspects of a young girl’s life.

The two countries are launching “a nearly $200 million partnership to continue their collective support for adolescent girls’ education,” according to a news release from Obama’s office.

This program will receive special attention and a part of the funds will be devoted “to countries affected by conflict and crisis,” with the Democratic Republic of the Congo set to receive $180 million over five years, benefiting “more than 755,000 girls aged 10 to 18,” according to a press release released by The White House.

The press release said that “62 million girls are out of school around the world” and “when 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.”

The release said that “girls’ attendance in secondary school is also correlated with later marriage, later childbearing, lower maternal and infant mortality rates, lower birth rates, lower rates of HIV/AIDs and significantly higher earning power.”

For more on the Let Girls Learn initiative, visit the official website here.

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