U.S First Lady Michelle Obama Visits London to Promote Female Education
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On June 15, Michelle Obama arrived to London along with her daughters Malia and Sasha. The main focus of Mrs Obama’s visit to London was exchanging the experience in education. Mrs Obama arrived to London as part of the program called Let Girls Learn, which is aimed at providing 62 million girls who do not have the means to attend school around the world with basic educational services.
From her very first step in London, the First Lady of the United States made the world talk about her. Her dress, in particular: she arrived at the airport to London Stansted Airport in a yellow-blue dress Preen by Thornton Bregazzi from his resort collection of this season.
During her visit, Mrs. Obama visited the Mulberry School for Girls, which has earned the highest reputation in providing high-quality academic education to girls between 11-18 years old who live in one of the most depressive areas of London.
Michelle Obama was surprised to see so many Muslim girls in hijab among the students. Although the school is not a religious school, the vast majority of its students wear hijab along with the mandatory school uniform of vinous color.
According to U.K.’s education officials, almost all students of the school are of Bengali origin. Mrs Obama got a warm reception from the students, and the First Lady of the U.S. called them “strong and beautiful.”
“The world needs more girls like you growing up to lead our parliaments and our board rooms and our courtrooms and our universities,” she said. “We need you.”
The U.S. and U.K. announced their plans to contribute more to the issue, partnering to support girls’ education initiative across the world, including the countries rattled by crisis such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Sierra Leone, only 54% of enrolled girls successfully complete their primary education. In Liberia, only 13% of the country’s school age population have access to adequate school facilities. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 52.7% of the 7.3 million children out of school – some 3.8 million children – are girls, according to UNESCO and UNICEF.
About $200 million will be contributed to the issue, which also includes education teachers, setting up girls’ leadership camps and other community based programs.
Of course, we cannot immediately see if the visit bore any fruit for female education in the U.K. as well as in the entire world, but it is crucial to know that this kind of things are widely discussed and supported by governments.
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