Washington | US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Qatar and Jordan in the Middle East next month, the White House has said. Her solo overseas visit from November 1 to 7 is part of her ‘Let the Girl Learn campaign’.
In Doha, Qatar Michelle will deliver remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), addressing an audience of education leaders from the region and around the world about global girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative.
Since 2009, WISE has brought together leaders annually to explore concrete steps to improve education worldwide. She will also visit service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base. In Amman, Jordan, the First Lady will visit a school constructed with USAID funding and technical support.
She will meet with adolescent girls attending the school, deliver remarks and commend Jordan for its generosity and commitment to educating all children living within its borders. Due to the conflict in Syria, many schools in Jordan are educating increasing numbers of Syrian students alongside the children of the Jordanian communities hosting them, the White House said.
Girls in countries affected by conflict are nearly twice as likely to be out of secondary school, and the United States is working closely with Jordan to support this influx through ongoing educational cooperation and assistance, it said. While in Jordan, the First Lady will visit Petra, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world where she will highlight Jordan’s rich history and cultural heritage.
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