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First Lady to Tap U.S. Students in Education Equity Campaign for Girls

First lady Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative was the subject of a recent Education Week interview with her chief of staff, Christina Tchen. The first lady wants to enlist students and teachers in U.S. classrooms to help promote educational equity for girls around the world.

Peace Corps volunteers in 11 countries, ranging from Albania to Uganda, will complete projects designed by local communities to help tear down barriers that keep girls out of school. Globally, about 62 million girls are not in school because of sanitation, transportation, poverty, and other issues, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

“None of us would ever accept anything less for our own daughters and granddaughters,” Obama said in a June speech in Washington. “So we have to ask ourselves, why would we accept this fate for any girl on this planet?”