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Michelle Obama visits Cambodia to promote girls’ education effort

By Cynthia Allum on March 21, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama landed in Cambodia Friday to promote the U.S.-led education initiative “Let Girls Learn,” a campaign to increase girls’ access to quality education. The visit, which is the first time a U.S. first lady traveled to the nation, will include a meeting with the prime minister’s wife and a round-table discussion with U.S. Peace Corps volunteers. Sixty-two million girls around the world aren’t able to attend school, and as a woman whose life was transformed by education, Mrs. Obama is a vocal advocate.  “My education is the starting point for every opportunity in my life,” she shared in her online travel journal. In a country that’s rife with child prostitution, child labor, and human trafficking, new starting points are exactly what local girls need.

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