Michelle announces $70 million aid to educate girls in Pakistan

NEW YORK – United States First Lady Michelle Obama has said “Building on Pakistan’s commitment to double education spending, the US will be investing $70 million to educate adolescent girls in Pakistan.”

She said at a White House event she hosted for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kalsoom Nawaz. The prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz was also present on the occasion.

According to a statement, USAID’s Let Girls Learn in Pakistan programme would provide $70 million to new and ongoing USAID programmes benefiting 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 Nawaz thanked Michelle Obama for her support to strengthen Pakistan’s education sector.

“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.


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