Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a $600 million effort last week to enroll girls in secondary schools around the globe.
The former secretary of state unveiled the plan at the Clinton Global Initiative to help 14 million girls ages 11 to 16 to attend school. The initiative, to be carried out through her family’s foundation, aims to improve quality, safety, and security at schools around the world.
The issue received global attention following the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot for advocating gender equality and education for women.
The foundation noted that in sub-Saharan Africa, 1.5 million fewer girls than boys attend secondary schools. The initiative, which will be led by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, brings together more than 30 partners, including the United States, Nepal, the United Kingdom, and Discovery Communications.
A version of this article appeared in the October 01, 2014 edition of Education Week as Hillary Clinton Announces Global Initiative for Girls