US announces $70 million for girls' education in Pakistan

Michelle Obama's statement comes during an event organised for Kalsoom and Maryam Nawaz

Web Desk October 23, 2015
Maryam Nawaz Sharif speaking at "Let Girls Learn" event hosted by US First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. PHOTO:

US First Lady Michelle Obama announced on Thursday $70 million aid to educate girls in Pakistan.

"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 at a White House event she hosted for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's wife Kalsoom Nawaz. The premier's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, was also present.

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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.

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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"Educated girls become women who strengthen their families, communities, and countries," said USAID Acting Administrator Alfonso E Lenhardt.

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.


WAHID | 5 years ago | Reply We so wish that this money is used for our poor people for to gain some actual benefits, but not for politician purposes. Everyone has the desire for the benefits of their children. But in this situation Maryam Nawaz would be feeling ashamed on her..................... that he is only the Prime Minister for some special areas/districts. We thank to the First Lady for the assistance as for education sector. But a part of me request/wishes that for the next time they would also utilies some funds for the benefits of people of this backward area of Distt: Lakki Marwat. No signal penny has yet not spend the present Government.
globalobserver | 5 years ago | Reply What a shame! The country begs for money for girls' education while it spends billions on nukes and military. Shouldn't education of all children, especially women, be a high national spending priority?
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