CHICAGO — Oct 11, 2018, 9:22 AM ET

Obama Foundation aims to boost education of girls worldwide

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The Obama Foundation is launching an initiative aimed at boosting educational opportunities for girls around the world.

Former first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday announced the launch of the Global Girls Alliance that will work with organizations worldwide to increase public awareness and action.

Obama says the alliance aims to lifting up grassroots leaders all over the world who want to clear away the hurdles that many girls face when trying to get an education.

The Chicago-based foundation says more than 98 million adolescent girls worldwide don't go to school. The alliance's website highlights programs around the world and offers ways for the public to support those programs.

The Obama Foundation was started in 2014 with the aim of continuing "the great, unfinished project of renewal and global progress."

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  • leezee

    Honestly, if you really want to make a difference, particularly in the US, fund programs that provide education and vocational opportunities for the black men. Support employment opportunities for them, too. I don't mean this is not a good endeavor, but why not add this to your efforts?

  • sixstrings

    I laud the Obama's for their efforts and this post is not to criticize them.

    they're good people with good intentions.

    that being said, we're going to have a rude awakening in the next couple of decades when we realize how much we systematically ignore young men in our society.

    young men of all stripes are falling through the cracks and into bad situations at an alarming rate in this country and hardly anyone seems to notice, let alone care.

  • Gumby4417

    Note to "Il Duce" Trump: this is what a foundation is for - not paying your personal debts and campaign expenses.

  • TexasVulcan

    I saw Michelle Obama on TV this morning. She's a really nice, well-spoken woman. I wish her luck with this new initiative. Education is the key.

  • Orange McCarthy Slush

    Trump loves to compare himself to Obama...still... So lets compare the current state of their foundations:
    We just read about Obama's (assuming people still read the articles).
    And here is Trumps:
    June 2018 a civil lawsuit against the Trump Foundation and its board members ordering, among other requirements, that it be shut down and that restitution be made by its board members. The office also referred possible legal violations to the Federal Election Commission and the IRS.[31] The following month, the New York State Governor's chief counsel announced that Governor Cuomo was ready to provide the state's Attorney General's office with the requisite criminal referral in the matter for possible criminal prosecution under state law.

  • AlexaGuyer

    Stay tuned, tomorrow Melania Trump will launch her girls education campaign. And then do nothing.