FLOTUS has landed in the U.K. to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative
Prince Harry and Obama chatted about their shared interest in supporting veterans and their families, while the first lady, 51, also discussed with the Prince her Let Girls Learn initiative to boost adolescent girls’ education around the world.
Her education movement was the focus of the first lady’s trip to the U.K. Later in the day, she paid a visit to the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets in East London as part of her campaign, where, donning a printed dress, she greeted pupils with big hugs, gave a speech and answered questions from the students.
FLOTUS also discussed social media with the young girls, recalling a message she passed along to her own daughters.
“Instead of Tweeting what you had for lunch, why don’t you tweet what you learned at school and share it with girls around the world,” she said.
Joining a round table of women, including Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) pioneer Fiona Mavhinga, Dr. Pauline Rose, a member of the Cambridge University faculty of education, and Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, Obama gave remarks about the importance of a partnership between the U.S. and U.K. to develop the initiative.
“I meet girls like [the students at Mulberry] everywhere I go around the world. And that’s who we’re fighting for. That’s what this initiative is all about,” Obama said.
She continued: “There are 62 million young women like all of the girls here and around the country who aren’t getting an education, and their potential is just being lost. And we can’t afford that. We can’t afford that in any of our countries. We can’t afford that on the world stage.”
After her visit to the school, Obama met British Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street to further discuss her plan.
The Obamas landed for the two-day trip at Stansted Airport Monday, where they were greeted by U.S. military families.
• Reporting by SANDRA SOBIERAJ and SIMON PERRY