‘Special Girl Power Unit of Obama Household’ visit Liberia, Morocco and Spain for the ‘Let Girls Learn’ Campaign

    More than 62 million girls are not in school across the world.

    First Lady Michelle Obama, along with her mother, and daughters Sasha and Malia are traveling to Liberia, Morocco, and Spain this week as part of a six day trip to promote education for girls across the world. “This is the special girl-power unit of the Obama household. We left the president behind because he’s a boy.”

    “I see myself in these girls, I see my daughters in these girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.”

    In today’s email from the White House –

    Around the world, a girl can face complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers to education. She may have a long, unsafe walk to school from a remote village. Sometimes, even when a school is nearby, it may not have adequate bathroom facilities for girls — meaning that female students have to stay home when they have their period. And, even after overcoming all of these obstacles, she may face school fees that her family is unwilling or cannot afford to pay.

    Yet, we know that educating young girls has a tremendously positive impact on the world. Girls who are educated earn higher salaries, raise healthier families, and can even boost their countries’ economies with their contributions to the workforce. That’s why, when girls receive equal educational opportunities, it can transform lives, families, communities — entire countries. That’s why the stories of the girls the First Lady is meeting with this week are so important to share.

    The White House announced today that it will invest more than $100 million of foreign aid to help education in Morocco.

    “I am sitting here now as the U.S. first lady, talking to you, because of my education.” Michelle Obama told the girls she visited.

    To encourage people to follow her trip, the First Lady launched her Snapchat account with the help of Ellen DeGeneres, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Cosmopolitan.com, and the Gilmore Girls! You can follow along by adding her at MichelleObama.

    Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at the Liberia portion of her visit.

    Read the First Lady’s daily travel diary on HelloGiggles

    Follow along on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (MichelleObama)

    Go to 62MillionGirls.com to see how you can take action in your community