First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters will visit Spain, Morocco and Liberia later this month to crusade for girls’ education, the White House said. Actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto will join them on some stops.

Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, also will be on the trip, which is expected to include a visit with Queen Letizia of Spain.

The Obamas will advocate for the first lady’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which seeks to get an estimated 62 million uneducated girls worldwide into classrooms.

Obama, in remarks Tuesday, said her work to advance girls’ education “will be something that I do for the rest of my life.”

The trip kicks off with a stop June 27 in Liberia, where the first lady will be joined by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Michelle Obama will visit a Peace Corps training facility in Kakata and a school in Unification Town.

Pinto, who rose to prominence in the film “Slumdog Millionaire,” will moderate a discussion at the school with adolescent girls who have faced obstacles in attaining an education.

“The conversation will highlight both the educational barriers girls face as Liberia moves beyond the Ebola epidemic” and the U.S. government’s efforts to help give adolescent girls equitable access to safe, quality education, the White House announcement said.

In Morocco, Obama will be joined by Pinto and Streep for education events June 28-29. In Madrid, the Spanish capital, the first lady will give a speech June 30 on “Let Girls Learn.”

The Obamas return July 1 to Washington.


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