US First Lady Michelle Obama has announced $70 million aid to educate girls in Pakistan, a USAID statement said.

“Building on Pakistan&’s commitment to double education spending, the US will be investing $70 million to educate adolescent girls in Pakistan,” US First Lady Michelle Obama said on Thursday at a White House event she hosted for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif&’s wife Kalsoom Nawaz.

According to a statement, USAID&’s Let Girls Learn in Pakistan programme will provide $70 million to new and ongoing USAID programmes benefitting more than 200,000 adolescent girls aged between 10 and 19 years.

“With this funding we’re going to be building more than a dozen schools and rehabilitating hundreds of others,” said the first lady.

Mariam thanked Michelle for her support to strengthen Pakistan&’s education sector.

Let Girls Learn will seek opportunities to foster public-private partnerships and collaborate with other development partners to advance girls’ education and empowerment. It will serve as a platform and catalyst for broader political and social commitment to strengthen adolescent girls’ education and empowerment in Pakistan.

Let Girls Learn is a US Government initiative that involves the Department of State, USAID, the Peace Corps, and others to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve.