According to the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), 98 million adolescent girls are denied access to educational opportunities globally. In an effort to achieve gender parity in terms of education, the United Nations (U.N.) has included quality education as one of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information on the U.N.'s SDGs, click here (U.N. Sustainable Development Goals). Day of the Girl is a 100% youth-led movement that promotes increasing opportunities and advancing rights for girls. In 2011, the U.N. declared October 11th as International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness for this grassroots, advocacy movement. 

On October 11, 2016 the White House announced that more than $5 million in private donations will go towards the Let Girls Learn initiative. Let Girls Learn was launched in March 2015 as a United States government initiative that supports education for adolescent girls worldwide. To read more about Let Girls Learn, click here: Let Girls Learn. Of the $5 million private donations, a portion is being donated from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) in partnership with Water Charity. Water Charity is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, California based organization dedicated to ensuring inidividuals have access to clean water and improved sanitation. 

$5 million in private donations will be given to the Let Girls Learn Initiative 

$200,00 of the $5 million will be given from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and Water Charity

President Obama's 2017 fiscal year budget includes $100 million in new funds for Let Girls Learn

"The initiative, though, reaches beyond the education sector. It employs a comprehensive approach that addresses the complex health, economic, and societal barriers that girls face to receive a quality education.  Let Girls Learn has identified and will continue to pursue the following interdependent and mutually reinforcing objectives: to foster an enabling environment for adolescent girls’ education; to change the perception of the value of girls at the individual, community and institutional levels; and to engage and equip girls to be agents of change."- ("Fact Sheet: Let Girls Learn," 2016)

The Sparkman Center for Global Health (in partnership with the Hacker's Guild, Peace Corps Zambia and Daniel Bevington) supports expanding education for girls through the Girls Can Code Technology Camp 2017. The camp will provide computer techonology education in a northern, rural setting of Zambia. The Girls Can Code Technology Camp 2017 project will launch in January 2017. To read more about this collaboration, click here: Girls Can Code.

 To read the full White House Fact Sheet, click here:

 Fact Sheet: Let Girls Learn-A Comprehensive Investment in Adolescent Girls Education

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