Mrs. Obama has indicated that this is an issue she cares deeply about –global girls’ education considering present statistics.
In a op-ed published on hellogiggle.com, she stated that she knows it can be hard to “wrap your mind around such an overwhelming statistic, especially since, growing up here in the U.S., we all just take it for granted that we’ll get a free public education through high school. But in many parts of the world, that’s simply not the case – particularly for girls.”
“I believe every girl on this planet should have that same opportunity to fulfill her promise and shape her own destiny. And we know that giving girls that chance doesn’t just transform their life prospects – it transforms the prospects of their families and their countries too, since girls who are educated earn higher salaries, raise healthier families, and can even boost their countries’ economies with their contributions to the workforce,” the US First Lady added.
Their first stop is Liberia, where the first lady will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and have a discussion with local teenage girls, moderated by actress Freida Pinto.
The recent Ebola outbreak in Liberia created even more challenges for girls’ education in the West African country, where just one-third of girls are enrolled in secondary education. Liberia ranked second only to South Sudan in the share of primary school-age girls who aren’t enrolled in school, a global report by UNESCO said earlier this year.
Actress Meryl Streep then will accompany Mrs. Obama in Marrakech, Morocco, on Tuesday for another conversation with adolescent girls. The North African country’s rates for girls’ education are well below regional averages, U.S. officials told reporters Friday, with a high dropout rate for girls after primary school.
As part of the “Let Girl Learn” trip to Liberia and Morocco, the US First Lady said she will be meeting with young women highlight their stories and to announce major new investments that the U.S. Government will be making to help girls in these two countries get an education.
“I’ll be joined by award-winning actresses and education advocates, Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, and by an outstanding CNN correspondent named Isha Sesay, who are working together to create a CNN film highlighting the stories of girls who are struggling to get an education,” she noted.