The office of the United States First Lady Michelle Obama has announced an investment of US$27 million into rural girls and women’s education in Liberia.
This amount, according to the United States First Lady, is meant to provide quality education for rural girls and women in post-Ebola Liberia and to help fight gender based violence.
It will also address training opportunities for teachers and curriculum development that will create the conditions for girls to have the needed quality education.
During her few hours visit in Kakata, Margibi County, Mrs. Obama interacted with the GLOW girls and women who acquainted her with what they were learning in their training under the supervision of Peace Corps Volunteers.
In her opening statement to the girls, the First Lady said she felt the constraints women and girls “are facing around the world.”
“I always like to travel with my two daughters and my mother to see and know the world. About 62 million girls across the world are not in school, and how can we sit by in the United States with all the resources and not attend to the educational needs of the suffering women and girls?
We have to change the culture that girls should not go to school,” Mrs. Obama insisted.
She urged the girls to pursue secondary and university education, noting, “Keep going to school and don’t drop.”
During the interactive forum with the girls, Mrs. Obama, very simply attired in a colorful, sleeveless dress, and putting the students at ease said, “Don’t be shy to talk about what you learn here. Speak to us and just feel that you can be like me or we are just the same, she urged. Don’t think that I am the First Lady and be shy.”
She also commended the Peace Corps for making the decision to return to Liberia after Ebola to work with girls and women in fostering their education.
The girls with supervision of their Peace Corps teachers were asked to explain the lessons they have learnt during their educational program.
Rising one by one to explain, they spoke of learning about leadership, role models, self-confidence, health science and home economics.