Monday (June 27) Michelle Obama–accompanied by her mother, Sasha and Malia–touched down in Liberia to spread girl power and the importance of education for young girls.
Today in Liberia, a young woman, just 17 years old, told the First Lady “If we are educated, the nation will be educated.” Overcrowded schools, teen pregnancy, having to work jobs to pay their school fees, overcoming the loss of family and friends in the Ebola crisis – the obstacles young girls in Liberia face are heartbreaking. But together, these young girls have learned to value themselves and gain strength from their parents and teachers who have supported them and pushed them to succeed in school. #LetGirlsLearn
We are taking you behind-the-scenes with the First Lady’s #LetGirlsLearn trip abroad! 🌍Add ‘MichelleObama’ on Snapchat to see today’s visit to a @PeaceCorps GLOW Camp and school in Kataka, Liberia. Next Stop: Marrakech, where she’ll talk with girls from across Morocco, many of who are the first member of their family to overcome barriers and attend high school. A video posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on
Reportedly, the First Lady visited a leadership camp for girls in Liberia. Let Girls Learn, an initiative started by President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama last year, received $27 million in funding from USAID during her visit. Mid-terms were postponed at Caulfield school to allow the girls to give Mrs. Obama a warm welcome.
“I’m here to shine a big light on you,” Obama says as she greets the class. This month has been a great example of Mrs. Obama’s commitment to women empowerment. Earlier this month, the White House held the State Of Women Summit where influential women across the country came to share their stories and offer their expertise. Obama and the Let Girls Learn Initiative will also be visiting Morocco and Spain.