Michelle Obama’s Morocco trip to promote education
The first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, will leave Sunday for Africa accompanied by her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, and will promote the education of girls in Liberia and Morocco, before traveling to Spain.
At the first stop of her trip, Michelle Obama will meet with the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It is also expected that the wife of US President meet with teenagers, in an event that will be hosted by actress Freida Pinto.
The recent crisis of Ebola in Liberia posed additional challenges for education of girls in this country of West Africa. Only a third of them continue their education at the secondary level.
Liberia is the second country after South Sudan with the lowest school attendance rates among girls, according to a report released earlier this year by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Later in the trip, Michelle Obama will meet other teenagers in Marrakech, Morocco, in the presence of the actress Meryl Streep.
The education rates for girls in Morocco is well below the average in the region, said US authorities Friday. Moreover, the Moroccan girls often drop out when they complete primary education.
In the Spanish capital, Madrid, the first lady of the United States speak of the “Let Girls Learn” initiative launched by herself and Barack Obama last year. The aim is to encourage developing countries to further educate 62 million girls in the world,who do not go to school.
President Obama will visit Spain soon after his wife. His trip will focus on security cooperation issues, said the deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.