Michelle Obama departs on Sunday for a six-day trip to Africa and Europe to advocate for the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, White House officials said.

The stops in Liberia and Morocco will be recorded for a documentary by CNN Films, which is picking up the costs for two trip participants: actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, an Obama aide said Friday.

The documentary will air in the fall, said Tina Tchen, the first lady’s chief of staff.

Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government-wide effort to get the estimated 62 million uneducated girls overseas into classrooms. Poverty, cultural barriers, violence and forced marriage are among hurdles they confront.

In Liberia on Monday, the first lady will be joined by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. 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 talk at the school with adolescent girls who have faced obstacles in getting an education.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the first lady will be in Marrakech, a major city in Morocco. Streep will join Obama and Pinto to meet adolescent girls for a talk moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay, who is of Sierra Leonean descent.

Also on tap for the first lady is an iftar dinner with the Moroccan king’s wife, Princess Lallan Salmi.

The last stop is Madrid, where on Thursday Obama will speak to hundreds of girls and young women and afterward, Queen Letitia of Spain, will make remarks, Tchen said.

Obama and the queen later will meet.

White House officials said the trip takes in three important regions — sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Europe — and allows the first lady to stress the importance of lifting up women and girls.

Obama earlier visited Japan, Cambodia, the United Kingdom, Qatar, Cuba and Argentina for the initiative.

She’ll be sharing trip highlights on Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat and hellogiggles.com, Tchen said.

Obama’s daughters, Malian and Sashay, and her mother, Marian Robinson, will accompany her.

Foreign policy and communications staffers and a security detail will be on the trip, but Tchen said she did not have a total count on the size of the traveling party, which returns July 1.


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