62 Million Girls

On the 22nd of September the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics announced a series of commitments, a new report and a set of education data plans outlining the Obama Administration’s work to improve the lives of the 55 million Hispanics who live in the United States — whether through increased access to high-quality early learning and STEM education, more grants to Hispanic-serving colleges, more opportunities to participate in the internships or greater apprenticeships with small businesses.

“Today, nearly one in four students in our nation’s public schools is a Hispanic youth,”

said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“Making sure these young people have the opportunity to achieve their dreams isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also a matter of our shared success as a country. In just the next few decades, Hispanics will represent nearly one in three American workers. It’s clear; the future of our nation is closely connected to the future of our Hispanic communities.”

An other problem is that girls do have to have the opportunity to be set on equal foot as boys and have to have good educational possibilities.

Right now, more than 62 million girls worldwide are out of school.

Many of them simply can’t afford the school fees, or the nearest school is miles away and they don’t have safe transportation to get there — or maybe there’s a school nearby, but it doesn’t have adequate bathroom facilities for girls. And for many girls, the obstacles they face aren’t just about resources, but about cultural norms and traditions that deem girls unworthy of an education.

That’s why on the 26th of September 2015, along with Girl Rising, the White House announced a new education campaign called 62 Million Girls — and we need you to join right now:

Share a photo of yourself on Twitter or Instagram, and tell the world what you learned in school using #62MillionGirls.

First Lady Michelle Obama posing for the action "Let Girls Learn"

First Lady Michelle Obama posing for the action “Let Girls Learn”

Those photos will be posted to Girl Rising’s yearbook at 62MillionGirls.com, and you’ll help us raise awareness about all the girls who aren’t in school and show the power of education to transform their lives.

This is a serious moral crisis — and it’s also an urgent economic issue:
Girls who go to school earn higher salaries, and sending more girls to school can even help boost a country’s entire economy. Girls’ education is a health issue as well, because studies show that educated girls raise healthier families and have lower rates of HIV and maternal mortality.

That’s why earlier this year, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama launched an initiative called Let Girls Learn. Working with the Peace Corps, businesses and organizations, and countries across the globe, we’re helping adolescent girls worldwide go to school. Now, the 62 Million Girls campaign is working to raise awareness for this cause and for these girls.

As I’ve traveled the world, I have met so many of these girls — and they are so bright, so determined and so eager to learn.

I see myself in these girls. I see my daughters in these girls. These girls are our girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.

says First Lady Michelle Obama.

So I’m looking forward to seeing what you learned in school to help us make sure 62 million girls get that chance.

Thanks.

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Note: The Obama Administration is committed to investments to expand high-quality early learning programs; increase equity and opportunity for all students; support teachers and school leaders; and improve access, affordability and student outcomes in college. It is the Administration’s priority to ensure that every single child in this country deserves the opportunity to receive a strong education.

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