Michelle Obama to visit Africa to highlight girls' education

As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, first lady Michelle Obama is heading to Africa to focus on girls' education. With visits to Liberia and Morocco, the first lady will also be joining others; including Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and local teenage girls for a conversation about how best to educate girls around the globe.

Let Girls Learn was created last year by the first lady and President Barack Obama. Read on for more about Michelle Obama's visit and her efforts to help girls worldwide overcome obstacles and pursue educations.

yahoo.com - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Africa on Sunday with daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother as part of an effort to promote girls' education, her office said.

The upcoming, six-day trip will include visits to Morocco and Liberia. She will also visit Spain. The trip will highlight the work of Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative launched by U.S. President Barack Obama and the first lady in 2015.

That project is part of "a U.S. government effort to address the barriers that keep over 62 million girls around the world out of school, particularly adolescent girls,” the first lady's chief of staff, Tina Tchen, told reporters on a conference call.

Michelle Obama will be joined by actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto in Morocco, where they will talk to adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting an education, her office said.

In Liberia, she will visit a 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.

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