On what could be her final solo overseas excursion as first lady, Michelle Obama plans on promoting her year-old global girls’ education initiative during the stops in Liberia, Morocco and Spain. Daughters Malia and Sasha, along with her mother, Marian Robinson will be her travelling companions. Actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto will be lending their star-power to the first lady’s appearances in Africa.
The Let Girls Learn initiative was launched in March 2015 to encourage developing nations to educate the more than 62 million girls worldwide who currently don’t attend school.
During the trip, Obama is scheduled to visit a Peace Corps training facility in Kakata, Liberia to meet with girls and young women participating in an empowerment camp. The visit is meant to highlight the Peace Corps’ role in the Let Girls Learn initiative, along with aid from the US Agency for International Development.
The first lady also plans on visiting a school in Unification Town, Liberia, to have interact with adolescent girls and know about their obstacles in getting education. The discussion will be moderated by Frieda Pinto, an advocate for girls’ education. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will also join Obama during the visit. Obama will be accompanied by Streep, also a girls’ education advocate, in Marrakech, Morocco, for another conversation with adolescent girls that will be moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay.
The visit will also highlight US commitments through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent US foreign aid agency, and USAID to help Moroccan girls attend and stay in school.
The first lady plans on giving a speech in Madrid, on her initiative and also plans to meet with Queen Letizia while she's in Spain.
The first lady has promoted Let Girls Learn during stops in the partner countries of Japan, Cambodia, the United Kingdom and Qatar as well.
On June 15, The White House announced that the three-country trip is booked for June 27 to July 1, 2016.
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