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First lady's girls' education effort gets Pakistani boost

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 9:51 AM
First Lady Michelle Obama greets people at The University of Akron on Wednesday in Akron, Ohio. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James teamed up with Michelle Obama to celebrate the importance of secondary education at a private event at the University of Akron.


Michelle Obama's effort to help educate millions of girls in developing countries is getting support from Pakistan.

The first lady's office said the Pakistani government has agreed to double spending for education, from two per cent to four per cent of gross domestic product by 2018.

Pakistan will also enrol more girls in school and provide more female teachers in the Muslim country.

The announcement comes as the president met yesterday with Pakistan President Nawaz Sharif.

Obama and the first lady launched the Let Girls Learn initiative this year to help more than 60 million girls worldwide who do not attend school and have asked world leaders to join the effort.

Pakistan joins South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Japan in announcing steps to further girls' education.