Actors, athletes speak up for girls' education

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 5:09 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 9:05 AM

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 DeAndre Jordan are among the stars speaking out about the importance of education for girls around the globe in an online video premiering Friday for the new Let Girls Learn initiative.

The U.S. Agency for International Development said Friday it is supporting the effort with $201 million in new education programs that will help provide safe learning opportunities for girls in Nigeria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Jordan and Guatemala.

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.

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http://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn

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