Michelle Obama to Visit Liberia June 27


U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will pay a visit to Liberia on June 27 to assess progress in girls’ education as part of her “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

According to a dispatch from Washington, D.C., the First Lady, who will be accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson and her daughters Malia and Sasha, will make a stop outside Monrovia to highlight the US Government’s work to help adolescent girls attend and stay in school.

The First Lady will visit Margibi County, Liberia; Marrakech, Morocco and Madrid, Spain from June 27 to July 1, and return to Washington, D.C. on July 1.

While in Liberia Mrs. Obama will visit a Peace Corps training facility in Kakata where she will meet with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) camp. Her visit will highlight both the Peace Corps’ work to help girls in underserved communities build self-confidence, communication and other leadership skills and new programming from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving access to quality education and life skills for adolescent girls across Liberia.

Also in Liberia, Mrs. Obama will visit a school in Unification Town for a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in obtaining an education.

This discussion, according to a White House release, will be moderated by actress Freida Pinto, an advocate for girls’ education. The conversation will highlight both the educational barriers girls face as Liberia moves beyond the Ebola epidemic, and the U.S.

Government’s efforts to continue to address those barriers and provide adolescent girls with equitable access to safe and quality education. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will join Mrs. Obama during her June 27 visit.

In Morocco the U. S. First Lady (FLOTUS)—joined by Meryl Streep, also an advocate for girls’ education, and Freida Pinto—will participate in a conversation with adolescent girls moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay.

Participants will discuss the challenges many girls in the region face in getting quality education. Madam Obama’s visit will also highlight commitments made by the U.S. Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID in partnership with the

Kingdom of Morocco to help adolescent girls in Morocco attend and stay in school. She will be in Morocco on June 28 and 29.

In Madrid, the First Lady will speak to girls and young women about the power of education and urge them to do their part to help girls worldwide fulfill their promise.

She will also deliver a speech on “Let Girls Learn” to girls and young women in Madrid, sharing the stories of girls she has met in Liberia and Morocco – and her prior travels – and highlighting new commitments to support “Let Girls Learn.”

Mrs. Obama will encourage the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. This event will take place on June 30.

While in Spain, the last leg of her three nation trip, the First Lady will meet with Queen Letizia before she and her party return to Washington, D.C. on July 1.


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