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.”
"You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right. Nobody wants you to act like a boy. People want and need to value you because of who you are, because of your story, because of your challenges. That’s what makes you unique." —@MichelleObama talking with young girls in Unification Town, Liberia. Follow along with the First Lady during her #LetGirlsLearn trip to Africa & Spain on Snapchat 👻 'MichelleObama'
“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.
Today in Liberia, a young woman, just 17 years old, told the First Lady "If we are educated, the nation will be educated." Overcrowded schools, teen pregnancy, having to work jobs to pay their school fees, overcoming the loss of family and friends in the Ebola crisis – the obstacles young girls in Liberia face are heartbreaking. But together, these young girls have learned to value themselves and gain strength from their parents and teachers who have supported them and pushed them to succeed in school. #LetGirlsLearn
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.
We are taking you behind-the-scenes with the First Lady's #LetGirlsLearn trip abroad! 🌍Add 'MichelleObama' on Snapchat to see today's visit to a @PeaceCorps GLOW Camp and school in Kataka, Liberia. Next Stop: Marrakech, where she'll talk with girls from across Morocco, many of who are the first member of their family to overcome barriers and attend high school.
Read the First Lady’s daily travel diary on HelloGiggles
Go to 62MillionGirls.com to see how you can take action in your community