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My wish for every child, everywhere, is to have equal access to high quality education and safe spaces to grow and learn. As a mother of teenage girls, I am particularly passionate about girls’ education.
Did you know that 62 million girls worldwide are not in school? In some countries, fewer than 10 percent of teenage girls complete secondary school. This is particularly worrisome given evidence shows that completing secondary education is essential to healthy and thriving communities. A recent UNESCO report finds that if all young women had access to secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half and 12 million children would be saved from stunting due to malnutrition.
As part of the U.S. government’s commitment to adolescent girls’ education, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn, a powerful collaboration to expand educational access for adolescent girls around the world. One component of the initiative through the Peace Corps addresses the challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place. The Peace Corps’ volunteers live and work at the grassroots level, where they serve as catalysts of community-led change. Through Let Girls Learn, Peace Corps volunteers are receiving advanced gender training and providing support for creation of projects that address barriers that may hinder a girl from reaching her full potential.
In fact, since the launch of Let Girls Learn last March, nearly 800 Peace Corps volunteers have received additional training to become facilitators of change for girls’ education … and that number will more than triple by the end of this year. Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Program has also expanded from 13 initial countries to 35 participating posts this year.
Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Fund, nearly 200 community-led projects targeted to improve the lives of adolescent girls have been completed and there are close to 200 more in the pipeline. From constructing a girls’ dormitory in Rwanda to hosting a mobile app creation workshop in Moldova, these small grants are enabling volunteers and their communities to come together to develop solutions worldwide.
But you don’t have to be a Peace Corps volunteer to get involved and make a difference. Through collaborations with classrooms, girls’ groups, and community organizations all across the country, Let Girls Learn is also inspiring young people back here at home to think globally and commit to pursuing their own potential. Whether in Prince George’s County, Maryland where my children attend school or in Kumasi, Ghana; we have seen the undeniable power of education to transform a girl’s life – and in time, her family, her community, and her nation.
I want for children around the world to have what I want for my own girls. With your support, through support of Global Mom’s Relay, we look forward to continuing to work together to turn the tide for girls all across the globe … in this world that we share.
Tonia Wellons is the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at Peace Corps
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