Liberian Girls Discuss Hurdles to Their Education

(By: James Butty)

First lady Michelle Obama, flanked by actress Yara Shahidi (R) and Glamour Magazine Editor in Chief Cindi Leive, participates in Glamour's “A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls' Education,” in celebration of International Day of the Girl and Let Girls Learn, Oct. 11, 2016, at the Newseum in Washington.(VOA Credit)
First lady Michelle Obama, flanked by actress Yara Shahidi (R) and Glamour Magazine Editor in Chief Cindi Leive, participates in Glamour’s “A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls’ Education,” in celebration of International Day of the Girl and Let Girls Learn, Oct. 11, 2016, at the Newseum in Washington.(VOA Credit)

WASHINGTON —  Twenty-two Liberian girls are in Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. government’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative. Their trip is a follow-up to first lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Liberia and Morocco in June to highlight girls’ education and U.S. support.

During their week-long stay in Washington, the girls visited the newly opened National Museum of African American History. The girls also attended workshops and visited the White House to watch the screening of a CNN documentary about girls’ education: “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World.”

During a luncheon at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, the girls talked about some of the challenges they face in trying to receive an education.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.