2015/05/21 - Visit of First Lady Michelle Obama to Cambodia
On the heels of the President and First Lady’s launch of the Let Girls Learn international girls education initiative, Mrs. Obama traveled to Japan and Cambodia from March 18-22, 2015. She visited Tokyo on March 18-20, Kyoto on March 20, and Siem Reap on March 20-22, 2015.

On the evening of March 20, the First Lady traveled to Cambodia, one of the first 11 countries to be included in the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps initiative. In Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet saw up close how community-driven solutions – which are key components of the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps program – are changing girls’ lives.

While in Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bun Rany, the First Lady of Cambodia, met with high school students and heard directly how they benefit from community-led programs like Room to Read and the Peace Corps. Room to Read is a non-profit organization that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education, specifically working in Asia and Africa.

Following the First Lady’s meeting with Cambodian students, she delivered remarks to Peace Corps Volunteers participating in a girls education training event that is part of Let Girls Learn. Community leaders and educators who serve as local partners for the Peace Corps volunteers were also at the event, working together with their respective volunteers to affect change. The training – representative of others happening around the world – equips Peace Corps Volunteers with the necessary resources to break down barriers to girls’ education in their communities.

The First Lady also host a roundtable with Peace Corps Volunteers, local community leaders, and civil society members who are implementing projects to support girls’ education in Cambodia. While in Siem Reap, the First Lady also visited Angkor Wat and participated in a meet and greet with embassy employees in Cambodia.
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