Let Girls Learn

Letting Even More Girls Learn: The Peace Corps Announces Twenty-Three New ‘Let Girls Learn’ Countries

In 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps formed a powerful collaboration called Let Girls Learn. It has successfully shed light on the fact that globally, 62 million girls are not in school, with less than 10% of teenage girls completing secondary school in some countries. The Let Girls Learn initiative has empowered local leaders to put lasting solutions in place, and Peace Corps Volunteers have worked at the grassroots level as catalysts for community-led change. The three pillars of the initiative are:

  • Pillar One: Empowering Ideas

    • The initiative will increase gender awareness by delivering targeted trainings which will aim to reach thousands of Volunteers and tens of thousands of community leaders over the next six years to be champions of girls’ education.
    • Read about one Volunteer’s impact.
  • Pillar Two: Working Hand in Hand with Communities

    • Thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers work side by side with local leaders to achieve community-based solutions through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. From a school library to a technology camp for girls, under Let Girls Learn, Peace Corps Volunteers working on gender-related projects can now apply for support through a newly established girls’ education fund.
    • Read about one Volunteer’s impact.
  • Pillar Three: Increasing the Impact of Peace Corps Volunteers

    • A major component of the initiative will support Peace Corps Volunteers working to break down the barriers to girls’ education in the communities they serve. Under Let Girls Learn, the Peace Corps will expand the number of Volunteers focused on advancing girls’ education and empowerment.
    • Read about one Volunteer’s impact.

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Initially, Let Girls Learn was only in Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Thailand, Togo, and Uganda. However, a Press Release from March 2nd announced that Armenia, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, The Gambia, Guinea, Guyana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Panama, Peru, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Vanuatu, and Zambia have also joined the Let Girls Learn family. That’s twenty-three new countries, and Ecuador is the country where I’ll be serving!

Let Girls Learn has ignited a spark within the hearts of millions. Perhaps you noticed the adorable childhood photos of celebrities and politicians circulating around the internet back in September. These photos were in direct correlation with Let Girls Learn, and they were publicized with the hashtag, #62MillionGirls. First Lady Michelle Obama requested for each person who posted a #62MillionGirls photo to also add a small note about an opportunity he or she had because of available access to education.

Another initiative worth paying attention to is Girl Rising, a global campaign that uses the power of storytelling to prove that educating girls can transform societies. This campaign unites girls, boys, women, and men who believe that every girl deserves an education. The mission is simple: we need to change the way the world values girls and women. A feature film of the same name comes from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins. It follows the stories of nine incredible girls from across the globe who do whatever they can to receive their educations. I’ve seen this documentary, and I can personally attest that it’s one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen. It’s available on YouTube for a fee, or you can stream it on Netflix right now. The world is evolving for young women and girls; with each passing day, the education revolution only grows stronger. It can’t be stopped, it won’t be stopped, and I’m eager to be a part of it.


“Honor your daughters. They are honorable.”
-Malala Yousafzai

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