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First lady Obama visits Cambodia for education initiative

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 01:21

US first lady Michelle Obama meets with school girls in Cambodia to promote an education initiative. Julie Noce reports.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visited Cambodia on Saturday to promote education initiative "Let Girls Learn". She visited a school in Siem Reap and met with local community leaders who are implementing projects to support girls' education in the country. Later, she addressed Peace Corp volunteers about why it's important for girls to get a proper education. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA SAYING: "When girls get educated, when they learn to read and write and think, that gives them the tools to speak up and talk about injustice and demand equal treatment. It helps them participate in the political life of their country and hold their leaders accountable and call for change when their needs and aspirations are not being met." According to the program's website, the Let Girls Learn initiative aims to help communities worldwide break down barriers that prevent young girls from attending school. Obama also visited the country's most well-known historical site, Angkor Wat, as crowds of tourists watched. The first lady leaves Cambodia on Sunday.

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First lady Obama visits Cambodia for education initiative

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 01:21