Every girl deserves an education
62 million girls around the world who should be in school are not. 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. We often focus on the economic barriers girls face, school fees or uniforms, or how they live miles from the nearest school and have no safe transportation. It’s also about attitudes and beliefs. It’s about whether societies cling to laws and traditions that oppress women. We know that when girls are educated they are more likely to delay marriage; their future children, as a consequence, are more likely to be healthy. Their future wages increase, which in turn strengthens the security of their family. And national growth gets a boost as well. And that is why the United States Government recently launched a new global girls education effort called “Let Girls Learn.” As part of this initiative, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers will work side-by-side with local leaders, families and girls themselves to help girls go to school and stay in school. They’ll be creating mentoring programs, girls’ leadership camps and so much more. Girl empowerment is for a girl to be able to have the self-esteem and, really, the confidence to be able to feel like they can do anything they put their minds to. Every child is precious, every girl is precious. Every girl deserves an education. Let Girls Learn.