06/17/2015 06:27 pm ET | Updated Jun 17, 2016

Michelle Obama, the Perfect Partner for Peace Corps and Let Girls Learn

I was so inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks about the importance of girls’ education yesterday in London.

"There are 62 million young women like all of the girls here and around the country who aren't getting an education, and their potential is just being lost. And we can't afford that. We can't afford that." 

 -- First Lady Michelle Obama

Earlier this year, the Peace Corps was proud to join the First Lady in a powerful new collaboration called Let Girls Learn, dedicated to expanding access to education for adolescent girls around the world. We know that an investment in girls’ education is the single greatest investment we can make – because when a girl is given the opportunity to learn, everyone in her life benefits.

The First Lady Speaks on Lets Girls Learn in London

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at Mulberry School for Girls in London, England. The First Lady visits the school to discuss cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom to improve educational opportunities for girls around the world through the Let Girls Learn initiative. June 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

That’s why the momentum from the First Lady’s trip to London has been so exciting to witness. Together, a series of newly announced British and American partnerships totaling nearly $200 million will support training, girls’ leadership camps, and community-based programs in countries around the world.

The First Lady Meets with Prime Minister Cameron

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron for tea at 10 Downing Street, London, England. June 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)