Let Girls Learn Challenge Fund

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Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. As a girl grows older the fight to get an education becomes even harder. Her family must be able to afford and be willing to pay school fees. She risks long, dangerous walks to school. She may become pregnant or be forced to marry. And she often lacks access to health-care and the support she needs to learn.

“We need to get these girls into school, because we know that education is the single-most important stepping stone to power, to freedom, and to equality.” - Michelle Obama

Let Girls Learn is a U.S. Government initiative that brings together USAID, the Department of State, the Peace Corps, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), as well as other agencies and programs to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.

In July 2015, President Obama announced the Let Girls Learn Challenge Fund to design new, holistic programs that advance girls education. With an initial focus on Malawi and Tanzania, the Challenge Fund has the potential to transform the lives of adolescent girls all over the world.

It is a unique opportunity for USAID and the Department of State to work with a vast array of external partners to co-create, co-fund, pilot, and implement innovative programs to ensure that adolescent girls enroll and succeed in school by:

  • Creating strategic, focused, cross-sectoral, and results-oriented partnerships to promote adolescent girls’ education.
  • Applying comprehensive scientific and research-motivated approaches to support sustainable development outcomes through scalable programs.
  • Leveraging additional resources from public, private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, U.S. and non-U.S. government organizations, and international donor organization to ensure sustainable finance and impact.

Recognizing that no one organization can solve this challenge, USAID seeks to maximize our impact by partnering with public organizations, private sector companies, governments and international donor organizations. Such partnerships enable us to not only identify groundbreaking solutions but reach more girls around the world. Please contact letgirlslearn@usaid.gov.

Last updated: January 26, 2017

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