The visit, which is part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, will take place after a visit to Liberia. She will highlight during her trip in these two African countries the US Government’s work to help adolescent girls go to school and stay in school, says the White house in a statement.
In Morocco, the First Lady will be joined by actress Meryl Streep, also an advocate for girls’ education, and Indian actress Freida Pinto and will participate in a conversation with adolescent girls moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay.
The discussion will focus on the challenges many girls in the region face in getting a quality education.
“The First Lady’s visit will also highlight commitments made by the U.S. Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID in partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco to help adolescent girls in Morocco go to school and stay in school,” the White House statement says.
After her trip in Marrakesh, Michelle Obama will fly to Madrid to speak to girls and young women about the power of education and urge them to do their part to help girls worldwide fulfill their promise.
She will share with the audience the stories of girls she has met in Liberia and Morocco – and her prior travels – and highlight new commitments to support Let Girls Learn. While in Spain, the First Lady will also meet with Queen Letizia.
At the United State of Women Summit held on June 14 in Washington, Michelle Obama Announced more than $20 Million in new commitments to the U.S. Government’s Let Girls Learn Initiative.
The new contributions came in response to the First Lady’s call upon organizations around the country to support adolescent girls’ education, in order to provide the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school with the opportunity to attain an education.
Prior press reports had said the First Lady will be accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha.