Girl Talk: What Teens Want Michelle Obama To Know About Liberia

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Evelyn Sokpo, 12, with Denise, her neighbor's baby - Credit: NPR
Evelyn Sokpo, 12, with Denise, her neighbor’s baby – Credit: NPR

{NPR} – Today, Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia begin their lightning tour of Liberia and Morocco to promote the Let Girls Learn initiative. The program was launched last year by President Obama and the First Lady to encourage developing countries to educate the more than 62 million girls worldwide who don’t attend school.

On the eve of the First Lady’s first visit to Liberia, I wandered through downtown Monrovia asking girls about their expectations for the trip.

Many of them only vaguely knew who the President’s wife was, but a few of them knew the Obamas were set to visit their homeland.

The First Lady is meeting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and spending around six hours just outside the capital Monrovia to observe a Peace Corps training facility and participate in a roundtable with a group of girls and young women about challenges they face when trying to pursue their education. Then they’re rushing off to Morocco in the early evening.

They will not enter central Monrovia, where the girls I interviewed lived, but will remain on the outskirts of the city by the airport. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT.

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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.