Stars speak out “Let Girls Learn”

Stars speak out “Let Girls Learn” with its new video

Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry, Nick Cannon and Soledad OBrien are just a few stars who are speaking out about the importance of education for girls by spreading the word via an online video titled “Let Girls Learn”

Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development this new 231 million dollar program initiative is created in response to  the kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls from Nigeria and the 2012 assassination  attempt of  education activist Malala  Yousafzai.  Target areas expected to receive programming include Nigeria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Jordan and Gatemala.

The Let Girls Learn website offers various ways for individuals and organizations to get involved.

Research shows that an educated girl is more likely to educate her children. A girl with a basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV. An additional year of education can increase a woman’s earning potential by as much as 25 percent. More than 60 million girls around the world are not in school.

“An educated girl really is the key to a healthy, more stable, more prosperous country,” said Cathy Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. “Educating girls is really one of the best investments we can make.”

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