25 June 2016
In an effort to promote girl education worldwide, United States First lady Michelle Obama will travel to Africa on Sunday on a six-day trip which will include visits to Morocco and Liberia.
According to her office, her two daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother will join her on the trip which is expected to help highlight the work of Let Girls Learn.
Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government initiative launched by President Barack Obama and Michelle in 2015.
The aim of the initiative is to help adolescent girls attain quality education and enable them to reach their full potential.
The initiative aims to put 62 million girls who are currently out of school, in school and to break the barriers adolescent girls face in their attempts to complete their education.
Actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto are to join Michelle Obama in Morocco, where they will talk to adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting an education.
Michelle’s office said that her visit to Liberia would include a visit to U.S. Peace Corps training facility and a school along with Liberian President Ellen Johansson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female elected head of state and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Michelle Obama is very keen on education for young girls. In her 2009 London Tedtalk, she said:
“The difference between a struggling family and a healthy one is often the presence of an empowered woman or women at the center of that family. The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is often the healthy respect between men and women who appreciate the contributions each other makes to society. The difference between a languishing nation and one that will flourish is the recognition that we need equal access to education for both boys and girls.”
Her interest in education for young girls was heightened after terrorist group Boko Haram seized 276 girls from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014.