Thursday, June 30, 2022

Michelle Obama Outlines ‘Let Girls Learn’ Project

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Michelle Obama (photo/Zimbio)

*First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an emotional speech at London’s disadvantaged Mulberry School on Monday, telling the young girls that their passion provided her the inspiration for the ‘Let Girls Learn’ project.

Mrs. Obama is traveling through Europe with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative. The event at Mulberry was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl’s education around the world.

The ‘Let Girls Learn’ project aims to ensure that girls across the world have access to a quality education.

The First Lady told the schoolgirls in one of Britain’s most deprived areas that she still had much in common with them, revealing how she had to do her homework at 4am because her home was too cramped and busy to concentrate at any other time. Mrs. Obama grew up with her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins living near by and her great-aunt and uncle living a floor below.

“Perhaps like a lot of you, we grew up surrounded by our extended family,” she said.  “So our home was often busy with family coming and going. And because our apartment was so small, there wasn’t much privacy. I can remember how hard it was to concentrate on my homework, because someone was always talking or watching TV right next to you.”

Speaking in London Monday, Mrs. Obama announced that she plans to launch a $200 million partnership with British Prime Minister David Cameron to bring educational opportunities to the 62 million schoolgirls in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have been “affected by conflict and crisis.”

The funds will be used to improve the schooling conditions in various countries, enroll girls in schools and increase parental involvement in the children’s educations.

“When a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family and improved the quality of life for herself, her family and her community,” the White House said in a statement shortly after the initiative was announced in March.

The program is expected to be introduced in 11 countries in the coming months.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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