Michelle Obama announces $70mn for Pakistani girls education

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US First Lady Michelle Obama has announced $70 million aid to educate girls in Pakistan, a USAID statement said.

“Building on Pakistan’s commitment to double education spending, the US will be investing $70 million to educate adolescent girls in Pakistan,” US First Lady Michelle Obama said on Thursday at a White House event she hosted for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kalsoom Nawaz.

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According to a statement, USAID’s Let Girls Learn in Pakistan programme will provide $70 million to new and ongoing USAID programmes benefitting more than 200,000 adolescent girls aged between 10 and 19 years.

“With this funding we’re going to be building more than a dozen schools and rehabilitating hundreds of others,” said the first lady.

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Mariam thanked Michelle for her support to strengthen Pakistan’s education sector.

Let Girls Learn will seek opportunities to foster public-private partnerships and collaborate with other development partners to advance girls’ education and empowerment. It will serve as a platform and catalyst for broader political and social commitment to strengthen adolescent girls’ education and empowerment in Pakistan.

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Let Girls Learn is a US Government initiative that involves the Department of State, USAID, the Peace Corps, and others to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve.

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