Romina Kola's family moved from a village in Albania,where the closest school was two hours away, to the city of Shkodra so she could get an education.
“Many of my friends can't attend school because of distance and poverty. Schools are too far away from the village where we live.”
What her parents didn't know was that by doing so,they kept her from being one of sixty-two million girls around the world were not in school.
Susan Markham, of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says distance and risk of violence are only some of the barriers to a girl's education.
“Whether it's child marriage or economic pressure because of school fees, we want to address those.”
The Obama administration has launched a campaign called "Let Girls Learn."
First lady Michelle Obama went to Japan and Cambodia in March to promoted,along with Peace Corps director,Carrie Hessler-Radelet.
“The First lady is incredibly passionate about this topic.She looks at her own life and her husband's life, President Obama's life and they see how important education was in them achieving their life goals.And they want to make sure that every girl has the same chance that they had.”
Peace Corps voulunteers like this in Tirana, Albania will help implement the program in many countries.
These volunteers work mostly in remote areas,their initiatives include programs to promote gender equality and empower young women,says volunteer Mary Quandt.
“It is about starting a dialogue and increasing expectations of these girls;let them know that they can achieve this and they can grow in their sense of self and their capabilities of leadership and experience and as soon as you plant that seed in them, they are going to nurture it and it's going to grow.”
USAID's Susan Markham points out that educating girls benefits the entire society.
“Women who stay in school, young girls who stay in school till womanhood, are likely to be healthier.
They are more likely to get married later, bear children later and they are more likely to keep their own kids in school for longer.So it has a great ripple effect across the whole community.”