Michelle Obama to pro­mote girls’ ed­u­ca­tion

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In an ef­fort to ad­dress the bar­ri­ers that keep more than 62 mil­lion girls around the world out of school, US first lady Michelle Obama is fly­ing to Morocco and Liberia to­day with daugh­ters Sasha and Malia and her mother to pro­mote girls’ ed­u­ca­tion.

Her of­fice said that the six-day trip was planned to highlight the work of the Let Girls Learn pro­gramme – a US gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive launched by US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and the first lady in 2015.

Tina Tchen, the first lady’s chief of staff, told re­porters on a con­fer­ence call that Obama would be joined by ac­tresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto in Morocco, where they would talk to ado­les­cent girls about the chal­lenges they face in get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion. In Liberia, she will visit a US Peace Corps train­ing fa­cil­ity and a school along with Liberian Pres­i­dent Ellen John­son Sir­leaf, Africa’s first fe­male elected head of state and No­bel peace prize win­ner.

re­porter – Staff

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ON A MIS­SION US First lady Michelle Obama

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