The Peace Corps announced on Wednesday that it had more than doubled the number of countries participating in the Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to address the challenges that prevent 62 million adolescent girls from attending school and completing their educations.
Launched by the U.S. president and first lady on March 3, 2015, the government effort has since — with the help of corporate partners and individual donors throughout America — funded nearly 100 Let Girls Learn projects in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Central America, and trained more than 800 Peace Corps volunteers to become catalysts for community-led change. Another 23 countries have been added this year. “In just one year, we’ve doubled the number of Peace Corps countries participating in Let Girls Learn, ensuring that even more girls around the world will have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “I am so inspired by how many Peace Corps volunteers are committed to Let Girls Learn. Their efforts exemplify our resolve to help girls everywhere get the education they need and deserve.”
In its second year, Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn will hold five regional Summits — three in Africa, one in Asia and one in Latin America — eventually aiming to reach over 30,000 girls and local community leaders via the participation of 1,500 volunteers and a cascading training model.
Volunteers serving in Let Girls Learn countries receive additional training and support to become agents of change, to increase access to educational opportunities for girls in their communities. Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn countries now include: Albania, Armenia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vanuatu and Zambia.
More information about supporting Peace Corps volunteers’ Let Girls Learn projects can be found at Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.
You can also watch a video about a Peace Corps GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) camp in Ghana, below. GLOW activities are designed to encourage self confidence and challenge campers to think beyond traditional gender roles.