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Michelle Obama's Girls' Education Effort Gets Pakistani Boost

  • Associated Press

FILE - First lady Michelle Obama is seen speaking at the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up Leadership Summit, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the W Hotel in Washington.

FILE - First lady Michelle Obama is seen speaking at the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up Leadership Summit, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the W Hotel in Washington.

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

The first lady's office says the Pakistani government has agreed to double spending for education, from 2 percent to 4 percent of GDP by 2018.

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

The announcement comes as President Barack Obama meets Thursday with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The U.S. president and first lady launched the Let Girls Learn initiative this year to help more than 60 million girls worldwide who don't 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.

FILE - Pakistani students are seen gathered around their teacher in a classroom in Karachi, Pakistan, Feb. 24, 2014.

FILE - Pakistani students are seen gathered around their teacher in a classroom in Karachi, Pakistan, Feb. 24, 2014.

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