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First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha, and Malia Are Advocating for Girl's Education in Liberia

First Lady and MAKER Michelle Obama was joined by her daughters Sasha and Malia in one of the world's poorest countries to urge girls to go to school.

The First Lady visited a leadership camp in Liberia — a nation that was struck with the deadly Ebola outbreak that left more than 4,800 people dead and schools closed for months.

During her visit she expressed her excitement to be with teens at the camp. "I'm here to shine a big bright light on you," she said

Obama's visit coincided with a major investment in the Let Girls Learn education initiative in Liberia. USAID announced up to $27 million in funding towards the program, which was started by the First Lady and President Barack Obama in 2015.

Liberia is known as Africa's first and oldest republic. The nation was founded in an effort to resettle freed American slaves and is said to have close ties to the United States.

The First Lady will also be making stops in Morocco and Spain during her trip, which will be centered on advancing education for girls.

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