First Lady Michelle Obama is keeping a travel journal while promoting the Let Girls Learn initiative in Japan and Cambodia. Her second post appeared on Medium today.
I arrived in Tokyo, Japan last night, and this morning, I was proud to stand with Mrs. Akie Abe, the wife of Japan’s Prime Minister, as we announced a new partnership between Japan and the United States that will help girls around the world go to school.
It’s not surprising that America and Japan are coming together on this issue.
Mrs. Abe and I are both passionate about girls’ education — as are our husbands — and Japan is one of America’s strongest and most important allies. Japan and the United States also share so many values. We are both democracies and believe strongly in freedom of speech and religion and protecting the basic rights of all our citizens. Both our countries care deeply about education. And both America and Japan believe in helping other countries that have fewer resources — countries where people struggle with poverty and disease and where many young people, particularly girls, don’t have the chance to attend school.
As part of our new partnership, both Japan and the U.S. will be investing in programs that will help girls around the world get an education. As I mentioned in my opening post, here in the U.S., this effort is called Let Girls Learn, and it features a new girls’ education initiative run by the Peace Corps.
Does this kind of work sound exciting to you? If so, you should consider joining the Peace Corps — you can check out their website right now to learn more. But you don’t have to travel across the globe to serve others. You can learn about, and help support, Let Girls Learn projects worldwide from right here at home — just go to www.LetGirlsLearn.PeaceCorps.gov. You can also make a difference right now by tutoring a classmate, or reading to a younger sibling, or volunteering through your school or place of worship. There are so many ways to help others, and I hope learning about how Peace Corps volunteers serve communities abroad will inspire you to give back in your own community here at home.