Michelle Obama Plans Trip With Sasha And Malia To Promote "Let Girls Learn" A Program To Promote Education For Girls
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Promote "Let Girls Learn" A Program To Promote Education For Girls
The trio left Sunday, with planned stops in Liberia and Morocco as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, a program launched last year by President Obama and the first lady to encourage developing nations to educate the more than 62 million girls worldwide who don’t attend school.
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The trip abroad will have additional star power – Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto will join along the way.
In Liberia, the first lady will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa, and have a discussion with local teenage girls, moderated by Pinto.
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Costs for the actresses' trip are being picked up by CNN Films, which will air a documentary this fall featuring the stories of girls in Liberia and Morocco who have overcome barriers to going to and staying in school.
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Princess Lalla Salma
In Liberia, nearly two-thirds of Liberia’s school-age children do not attend class, and girls dropping out of school have sharply risen since the Ebola crisis, U.S. officials told reporters Friday.
In Morocco, officials added, 85% of girls are enrolled in primary school, but that number drops to as low as 14% for high schools.
Obama and her daughters will continue onto Spain on Wednesday, where the first lady will meet with Queen Letizia and give a speech about the Let Girls Learn initiative.