World Bank pledges $2.5 billion for teenage girls’ education

Michelle Obama, Jacob Lew, Jim Yong Kim
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, watch as first lady Michelle Obama waves after speaking during a "Let Girls Learn" event at the World Bank in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank has pledged $2.5 billion to educate and empower adolescent girls in low-income countries.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said that “Unleashing the full economic potentials of half the population can drive the growth and prosperity of nations.” Kim spoke Wednesday at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. About 75 percent of funds will go to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama praised the initiative and said that, “When we invest in girls’ education, when we embrace women in our workforce, that just doesn’t benefit them, it benefits all of us.” Mrs. Obama is campaigning for educating girls as part of Let Girls Learn initiative that she launched last year together with President Barack Obama. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s