LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of actors and athletes are joining a U.S. government effort to support girls’ education worldwide.
Jennifer Garner, Susan Sarandon, Alicia Keys, Anne Hathaway, Tyler Perry and pro basketball player DeAndre Jordan are among the stars speaking out about the importance of education for girls around the globe in an online video for the new Let Girls Learn initiative.
“A threat to girls’ education anywhere is a threat to progress everywhere,” ”Modern Family” star Julie Bowen says in the two-minute video, which premiered Friday.
The stars were moved to make the video after the recent kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria and the Taliban’s 2012 attempted assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist Malala Yousafzai. The U.S. Agency for International Development is supporting the effort with $231 million in new education programs announced Friday that will help provide safe learning opportunities for girls in Nigeria…
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