The First Lady urges education and us all to “Let Girls Learn.” Michelle Obama has taken flight but this time it is with a mission and purpose. Her latest trip has her visiting Africa where her intentions are to encourage African teens to fight to stay in school. Her trip includes visits not only to Africa but also to Morocco and Spain; and, she won’t be visiting alone, as she has brought her own daughters and her mother with her to help in her efforts.
Obama’s visit is in connection to the initiative ‘Let Girls Learn’ which was launched by the First Lady herself and President Barack Obama last year. The program was started to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve and this year received $27 million in funding in Liberia from USAID for the program.
Their first visit was to Liberia which was struck by the devastation of civil war and Ebola resulting in schools closing for months. Now re-opened the school will welcome Mrs. Obama as students look forward to her inspirational visit. Previously Mrs. Obama visited Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Senegal and Tanzania.
We know that in places like Africa, countries where poverty plays a primary role in communities, education is one of the first things to fall. Yet, we also know that education, especially educating girls, can transform lives, families and communities. Education can lead to a healthier and more productive life which can then help to break the ongoing cycle of poverty and to add gains to strengthen the overall communities. ‘Let Girls Learn’ aims to be the spark to this change.
You can follow Michelle Obama’s journey in her effort and learn more by visit letgirlslearn.gov.
Education for girls is critical in helping nations develop, as a strong, educated female has the power to enrich the lives around them.