US First Lady Michelle Obama talks during a visit as part of the US government's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative in east London on June 16, 2015
US First Lady Michelle Obama talks during a visit as part of the US government's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative in east London on June 16, 2015 © Justin Tallis - AFP/File
US First Lady Michelle Obama talks during a visit as part of the US government's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative in east London on June 16, 2015
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Last updated: October 29, 2015

Michelle Obama heads to Middle East to discuss girls' education

Banner Icon Michelle Obama will travel to Qatar and Jordan next month to continue her longstanding efforts to promote girls' education, the White House said Wednesday.

The US first lady will visit a school in Amman built with technical and financial support from the US Agency for International Development and plans to commend Jordan's "generosity and commitment to educating all children living within its ‎borders," a statement said.

Due to the conflict in neighboring Syria, a number of Jordanian schools have welcomed Syrian students to their classrooms.

Jordan is hosting more than 600,000 Syrian refugees, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Obama will also visit the ancient city and archaeological site of Petra in Jordan, which President Barack Obama visited in 2013.

In Doha, the first lady will speak at the World Innovation Summit for Education.

She will also visit the US military's Al Udeid air base.

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