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Michelle Obama in London to promote Let Girls Learn charity

And the First Lady delivered a thrilling speech to young female students too

By Andrea Tim | Published: 17 Jun 2015

Video: The White House

Michelle Obama visited the Mulberry School for Girls in London yesterday to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative and to speak to the girls about the importance of education and how it is "the ultimate key to our success."

She encouraged the students to appreciate being able to go to school, as the world needs "more girls like you to lead our parliaments and our courtrooms and our universities."

"We need you," she said. "We need people like you tackling the pressing problems we face. Climate change and poverty. Violent extremism and disease. And while all of that might sound daunting, I just want you to remember that you don't have to do this alone... There are so many leaders here in the United Kingdom and all around the world who are standing with you. We are doing everything we can to break down the barriers that stand in your way."

Let Girls Learn is a programme launched by Michelle and US President Barack Obama to help girls around the world receive an education, particularly in underdeveloped countries.

"With an education from this amazing school you all have everything, everything you need to rise above all of the noise and fulfil every last one of your dreams," Michelle said. "And it is so important that you do that, not just for yourselves but for all of us. Because you all have a unique perspective, you have a unique voice to add to the conversation."

Skip to 4:30 to listen to Michelle's speech.

During her visit to the UK, Michelle also met Prince Harry for tea at Kensington Palace with daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson.

Related: Karlie Kloss talks education, role models and secret weapons


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