Pakistan agreed to double spending for education: Michelle Obama


WASHINGTON: US First Lady Michelle Obama’s office announced on Thursday that Pakistan has agreed to double spending for education, from two per cent to four per cent of GDP by 2018.


In return, the First Lady on Thursday announced a $70 million additional contribution to educate adolescent girls in Pakistan.

Her office said that Pakistan would also enrol more girls in school and provide more female teachers.

Earlier on Thursday, the First Lady welcomed Mrs Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif and Ms Maryam Nawaz Sharif to the White House. The two visiting dignitaries came to the official residence of the US president to express their support for Mrs Obama’s programme, the “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

At this event in the Blue Room, the First Lady announced a new partnership to further adolescent girls’ education in Pakistan. Students from the Washington Performing Arts Society Children’s Choir also performed at the ceremony.