Michelle Obama: Senegal girls 'are role models'

USA130702AA 001DAKAR, SENEGAL -- Hundreds of students from the Martin Luther King all-girls high school in Dakar warmly welcomed first ladies Michelle Obama and Marieme Sall of Senegal on Thursday morning.

A choir of teenage girls in school uniforms sang renditions of the American and Senegalese anthems for the first ladies. A dance troupe then performed to traditional drum music, as Obama looked on smiling.

President Obama, the first lady and their daughters Sasha and Malia are visiting Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. Following welcoming remarks by Sall and the school's principal, Obama spoke to the students about the importance of girls education in Senegal and throughout the world.

"When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous," Obama said. "By making this critical investment in your education –- and in the future of your country –- you all are serving as role models not just for girls here in Senegal, but for girls in the United States and around the world."

Read more at USA Today

 
You are here: Home Newsroom Sub-Saharan Africa Michelle Obama: Senegal girls 'are role models'