Michelle Obama may not be the US First Lady for much longer but, like her husband, she is not letting that stop her from continuing her mission to promote and bring more educational opportunities to girls all over the world. This time, she met with teenage girls in Morocco in an effort to promote more education in that North African kingdom, where an alarming 64 percent of girls never attend school past the primary level.
Of course, the Obama sisters, Sasha and Malia, joined their mother in the city of Marrakech, although they did not take part in the actual event.
But what is this event?
This particular event was to introduce the “Let Girls Learn” initiative to Morocco, which the White House announced Tuesday. They met in the courtyard of Dar Diafa, which is a historic riad that has been converted into a restaurant. Now, President Barack Obama—and the First Lady—originally launched this initiative in March 2015. Furthermore, this announcement also shared that the US government foreign aid agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation, is working in direct partnership with the Moroccan government; and investing almost $100 million to help transform secondary-level education there. In addition, USAID is also providing $400,000 to create five new girls’ dormitories to help with the effort to improve educational opportunities for girls who come from rural areas.
At the event, Mrs. Obama said to the group of young women, “I’m looking forward to adding more voices to this conversation. We need every one of our citizens, boys and girls, to be empowered.”
She goes on to explain that roughly 62 million girls worldwide do not have access to education, and that there is a wide variety of reasons for this. It might include lack of resources or unjust social and cultural norms.
American actress Meryl Streep and Indian celebrity Freida Pinto—both advocates for girls’ education—were also present at the event, joining the First Woman’s encounter with the group of approximately two dozen young women. They hoped to discuss the challenges they face in their educational pursuits. to discuss the challenges facing girls in getting educated.
Streep comments, “Every single person’s story is different,” noting too that she was first person in her family to graduate from a university.