USAID Provides $231 Million for Girls Education in 5 Countries

Sep 24, 2014 by

Hollywood stars Alicia Keys, Jennifer Garner and 30 others have voiced their support for a U.S.-backed initiative called Let Girls Learn. The $231 million program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is aimed at ensuring public and quality education for girls worldwide. The new program will focus on five countries in Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

“In Nigeria, hundreds of young girls were kidnapped as they prepared for their final exams at a boarding school, in Pakistan, a girl was shot,” says an USAID add.

The U.S. Agency for International Development partners with celebrities to call attention to the importance of education for girls worldwide.

“For them to be motivated by Malala, for them to be motivated by the kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria … that means we have a whole new group of people that we can educate,” said Christie Vilsack, a USAID senior advisor for international education.

Today, the agency reports that 62 million girls are not in school, and some who insist on getting an education risk their lives.

In Pakistan, teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was shot two years ago for her campaign against Taliban efforts to deny girls an education. On September 12, Pakistani authorities announced the arrest of 10 people believed to be responsible.

Meanwhile in Nigeria, hundreds of school girls are still missing after being kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin” in the local Hausa language.

But Ugandan Mandela Fellow Cyrus Kawalya says education is key to reaching one’s full potential. “Education helps you open up your mind. Once you open up your mind, then you choose what information works for you and how you are going to work with it,” Kawalya explains. “Without education you cannot open up your mind, then what would you do.”

USAID recently announced it will provide $231 million to fund programs for primary and secondary schools in Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala, South Sudan and Nigeria.

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