Michelle Obama to visit Japan, Cambodia to promote girls' education

BANGKOK (DPA) — US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month to promote girls' education around the world, the White House said Tuesday.

The trip will be part of a US government initiative to expand access to education for more than 62 million girls worldwide who currently do not attend school, the White House said.

Obama's trip is scheduled for March 18 to 22.

Obama plans to visit with Akie Abe, the wife of Japan's prime minister, who "shares our passion for girls' education," the US First Lady said, and with Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Japan.

In Cambodia, Obama will meet with US Peace Corps volunteers and others at a local school.

The education initiative is being supported by the Peace Corps and its nearly 7,000 overseas volunteers.

"I'm convinced that a world in which girls are educated is a safer, more stable, more prosperous place," Obama said at a press conference.

 

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