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Twenty two Liberian girls off to the U.S.

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Twenty two Liberian girls off to the U.S.
Twenty two Liberian girls off to the U.S.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Twenty two (22) Liberian girls, under the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, are expected to depart Liberia Friday, October 7, 2016 for the United States.

The girls are going to the United States to participate in this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, the US Embassy near Monrovia had announced today.

The release said: “While in the U.S., the girls will join their colleagues from other parts of the world to celebrate the Day, along with U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama.” 

The girls were selected for the trip, following their participation in educational programs, supported by the Peace Corps, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. State Department.

Prior to their selection, the girls met with Mrs. Obama during her visit to Liberia in last June.

While in Washington D.C., they will attend the Premier of a CNN Documentary Film entitled, “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls around the World.”

The Liberian girls, along with Moroccan counterparts, are featured in the film.

The film highlights the importance of education, and obstacles that about 62 million girls around the world are being faced with.

Let Girls Learn is a U.S. Government’s initiative launched by U.S. President, Barack Obama, and First Lady, Michelle Obama, to help the more than 62 million adolescent girls around the world who are not in school.

It encompasses support, programing and partnerships across the State Department, USAID, Peace Corps, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

In a related development, the Teenage Based Girls Alliance for Future Leadership says it has instituted an annual award for leadership called, the “Girls’ Excellent Leadership Award.”

According to a release, the Alliance’s first award will go to the President of the Stella Maris Polytechnic, Mary Laurene Brown.

“Having followed the extraordinary contributions of Mrs. Brown to education over the years, we have overwhelmingly preferred her as our first recipient of the Girls’ Excellent Leadership Award,” the Alliance said.

The Award, the first of its kind, is awarded on October 11 each year in observance of the International Day of the Girl Child.



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