WASHINGTON — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama announced a government initiative Tuesday to support the education of girls around the globe. As part of “Let Girls Learn,” federal agencies will direct resources toward helping girls attend school.

The initiative was inspired by a joint Oval Office meeting the couple had in 2013 with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for speaking out in support of girls’ education. The Obamas said the cause will remain a focus of their work after the president leaves office.

“Sixty-two million girls around the world who should be in school are not, and that’s not by accident,” the president said.