Category: World News

Washington, DC - In March 2015, the President and First Lady launched Let Girls Learn, a U.S. Government initiative bringing together the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attending and completing school and realizing their potential as adults.

Building on existing U.S. government investments and expertise, Let Girls Learn invests in new programs and elevates existing programs, leverages public-private partnerships, and challenges organizations, governments, and private sector partners to commit to improving the lives of adolescent girls worldwide. 

Today, the United States announced a continuation of these efforts through the planned construction of 25 new public schools—70 percent of which will be girls’ schools—in Jordan with $100 million of U.S. assistance under the auspices of United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s ongoing school construction and improvement efforts. Many students in Jordan currently learn in overcrowded classrooms and schools, and efforts to accommodate Syrian refugees has made the situation more acute. Many of these new schools will be constructed in urban areas with overcrowded schools, helping to alleviate pressures on Jordan’s education system. The new schools will accommodate 25,000 children each year and provide students with the opportunity to learn in new, modern buildings equipped with technology that facilitates learning. Since 2006, USAID’s Jordan School Construction and Rehabilitation Project has put $199 million toward the construction of 28 new schools and the renovation or expansion of an additional 97 schools. These efforts have improved the learning environment for more than 100,000 students attending the 125 new or rehabilitated schools. Today’s announcement is part of major planned USAID programming in Jordan’s education sector over the next five years and builds on a strong partnership between the governments of the United States and Jordan to improve the quality of education and to provide schooling experiences that help to ensure Jordanian youth—young men and women alike—can pursue their broader aspirations.

Additional United States initiatives to meet education goals in Jordan and the region include:

Today’s announcement underscores the work Jordan and the United States are collaborating on to further girls’ education initiatives. Since the launch of Let Girls Learn, First Lady Michelle Obama has traveled around the world engaging with governments, civil society, private sector, and adolescent girls themselves on the importance of education, bringing attention and resources to addressing the challenges too many girls face in completing their education. When a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family, and improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community. The United States commends Jordan for its efforts to ensure equitable access to education and give Jordanian and Syrian young women the tools they need for a better future.