The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, and her two children, Malia and Sasha Obama, are expected to visit Monrovia on June 27 this year, the White House announced in a statement on June 15, 2016. The visit is part of Mrs. Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative which is geared towards working together to open the doors of education for girls around the world.
The US First Lady will also travel to the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Spain for the same reason before returning home on July 1. According to the White House press release, while in Liberia, Mrs. Obama will visit a Peace Corps Training Facility in Kakata, Margibi County where she will meet with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp. Her visit will highlight both the Peace Corps’ work to help girls in underserved communities, build self-confidence, communication, and other leadership skills and new programming from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving access to quality education and life skills for adolescent girls across Liberia. Additionally, the First Lady will visit a school in Unification Town for a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in attaining an education. This discussion will be moderated by actress Freida Pinto, an advocate for girls’ education. The conversation will highlight both the educational barriers girls face as Liberia moves beyond the Ebola epidemic, and the U.S. Government’s efforts to continue to address those barriers and provide adolescent girls with equitable access to safe and quality education. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will join Mrs. Obama during her visit. In Morocco, the First Lady, joined by Meryl Streep, also an advocate for girls’ education, and Freida Pinto—will participate in a conversation with adolescent girls moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay. In the discussion, participants will discuss the challenges many girls in the region face in obtaining quality education. The First Lady’s visit will also highlight commitments made by the U.S. Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID, in partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco, to help adolescent girls in Morocco go to school and stay in school. The First Lady will be in Morocco on June 28 and 29. In Madrid, the First Lady will deliver a speech on Let Girls Learn to girls and young women, sharing the stories of girls she has met in Liberia and Morocco - and her prior travels - and highlighting new commitments to support Let Girls Learn. Mrs. Obama will encourage the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. This event will take place on June 30. While in Spain, the First Lady will also meet with Her Majesty Queen Letizia.