U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama On 3-Nation Tour To Promote Let Girls Learn Initiative

Deutsche Welle: Michelle Obama on international tour to promote girls’ education
“U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters are heading to Liberia, Morocco, and Spain as part of the White House’s Let Girls Learn Initiative. They will address the obstacles girls face in obtaining an education…” (6/26).

NPR: Girl Talk: What Teens Want Michelle Obama To Know About Liberia
“…The first lady is meeting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and spending around six hours just outside the capital, Monrovia, to observe a Peace Corps training facility and participate in a roundtable with a group of girls and young women about challenges they face when trying to pursue their education. Then they’re rushing off to Morocco in the early evening…” (MacDougall, 6/27).

VOA News: First Lady on Mission to Promote Girls’ Education in Africa
“…Let Girls Learn is a global initiative launched by the president and first lady in 2015. The program addresses obstacles — such as forced marriage, poverty, and violence — that keep more than 62 million girls globally out of school…” (6/25).

Washington Post: Michelle Obama begins three-nation trip with visit to Liberia to advocate for girls’ education
“…[Michelle Obama] also announced that USAID will begin training teachers and policymakers to prevent violence against women and girls, and she highlighted other federal programs — a $6.2 million project to reduce child labor in Liberia’s rubber-growing areas, and a $20 million child-nutrition program that gives grade-school girls a monthly take-home ratio of food if they maintain a good school attendance record. Obama also planned to spotlight ‘second-chance’ schools supported by the U.S. government that allow girls who were raped or impregnated to finish their educations…” (Thompson, 6/27).

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