FLOTUS Michelle Travels to Qatar & Jordan

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November 1-7, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama visits Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan
November 1-7, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama visits Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will make stops in Doha and Amman; the First Lady will also visit US military service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base as part of the Joining Forces initiative

As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady will visit Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan from November 1-7, 2015.

In Doha, Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), addressing an audience of education leaders from the region and around the world about global girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative.  Since 2009, WISE has brought together leaders annually to explore concrete steps to improve education worldwide.

As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will also visit service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base.

For the entire article: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/28/first-lady-michelle-obama-travel-state-qatar-and-hashemite-kingdom

FLOTUS @ WISE15

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First Lady Michelle Obama Travel Itinerary

Doha, Qatar 

First Lady Michelle Obama visits service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base
Doha, Qatar

First Lady, Michelle Obama visits HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
The Diwan, Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama attends the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Roundtable
Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
Doha, Qatar

Amman, Jordan (First Lady Michelle Obama headed home from the Middle East two days early after being grounded by 36 hours by a brutal sandstorm)

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official meetings
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits a school constructed with USAID funding and technical support
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with adolescent girls attending the school
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks and commends Jordan for its generosity and commitment to educating all children living within its ‎borders.
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the historical and archaeological city of Petra that is famous for its rock-cut architecture
Ma’an Governorate, Jordan

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November 1-7, 2015
First Lady Michelle Obama
Travels to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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  2. FLOTUS Travels to Qatar & Jordan

    October 28, 2015

    First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

    As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will make stops in Doha and Amman; the First Lady will also visit US military service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base as part of the Joining Forces initiative

    As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady will visit Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan from November 1-7, 2015.

    In Doha, Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), addressing an audience of education leaders from the region and around the world about global girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative. Since 2009, WISE has brought together leaders annually to explore concrete steps to improve education worldwide.

    As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will also visit service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/28/first-lady-michelle-obama-travel-state-qatar-and-hashemite-kingdom

    • Let Girls Learn – Addressing the global crisis in girls’ education requires not just investment, but challenging cultural beliefs and practices.

      11/2/15 Michelle Obama – theAtlantic

      Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all—no reading, no writing, no math—none of the basic skills they need to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute fully to their countries.

      Often, understandably, this issue is framed as a matter of resources—a failure to invest enough money in educating girls. We can solve this problem, the argument goes, if we provide more scholarships for girls so they can afford school fees, uniforms, and supplies; and if we provide safe transportation so their parents don’t have to worry that they’ll be sexually assaulted on their way to or from school; and if we build adequate school bathrooms for girls so they don’t have to stay home when they have their periods, and then fall behind and wind up dropping out.

      And it’s true that investments like these are critical for addressing our global girls’ education crisis. That’s why, last spring, the president and I launched Let Girls Learn, a new initiative to fund community girls’ education projects like girls’ leadership camps and school bathrooms; educate girls in conflict zones; and address poverty, HIV, and other issues that keep girls out of school.

      For more: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/11/girls-education-michelle-obama/413554/

    • First Lady Michelle Obama Travel Itinerary

      First Lady Michelle Obama visits service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base
      Doha, Qatar

      First Lady, Michelle Obama visits HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
      The Diwan, Doha, Qatar

      First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
      Doha, Qatar

      First Lady Michelle Obama attends the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Roundtable
      Doha, Qatar

      First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
      Doha, Qatar

      • November 03, 2015

        Remarks by the First Lady and Conan O’Brien at Meet and Greet with American Servicemembers, Al-Udeid Air Force Base, Abu Nakhlah, Qatar

        Al-Udeid Air Force Base
        Abu Nakhlah, Qatar

        7:21 P.M. AST

        MR. O’BRIEN: Ladies and gentlemen, hello! (Applause.) The First Lady of the United States. (Applause.) Pretty amazing. Doesn’t happen every day.

        I just want to say on my own behalf, I am very honored. The First Lady’s office called me I think two weeks ago and said, would my people and I come on this trip, and I said no. (Laughter.) And she said, I don’t think you heard me, and I said, no I’m kidding, I’m coming. (Laughter.)

        And we’ve come to give you guys an amazing show tonight. It’s all because of the First Lady, and we owe her a huge debt of gratitude for doing that. So thank you very much. (Applause.)

        This is strange. It’s not every day I get to say I was hanging out in a sports bar with the First Lady tonight. (Laughter.) But I’m sure you’d like to say something. Hi.

        MRS. OBAMA: Hey. (Laughter.) First, let’s give it up for Conan. I mean, amazing. Amazing. (Applause.)

        Let me tell you how this happened — because whenever I travel, I try to make sure that I visit any base that’s anywhere in the world that I can get to so I can see you guys, touch you guys. I want to bring some love from home, whatever we can do.

        So we’re planning this trip, and so my staff said — I said, well, what do the folks here want? And they were like, ice cream. I was like, ice cream? Is that it? Me and some ice cream, that’s going to suffice? (Laughter.) I was like no, we’ve got to do better than that.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/03/remarks-first-lady-and-conan-obrien-meet-and-greet-american

      • November 03, 2015

        Remarks by the First Lady to Servicemembers as part of the Joining Forces Initiative

        Al-Udeid Air Base

        Abu Nakhlah, Qatar

        8:25 P.M. AST

        MRS. OBAMA: What’s going on? (Applause.) You guys just hanging out a little bit, huh? (Laughter.) Listening to a little music? This happens every night here, right? (Applause.)

        Well, let me just say officially, hello, Al-Udeid! What’s going on? (Applause.) Let me start — you guys are hilarious. I heard you all giving Richie a hard time, but — you’re terrible! (Laughter.)

        But I want to start by thanking Airman First Class Richie Mendoza for that wonderful introduction and for sharing his story, which — I know that every single one of you has a story like that. Can I get an amen or something? (Applause.) So let’s give Richie a round of applause! (Applause.)

        I also want to recognize a few other people. I want to recognize Lieutenant General Charles Brown, U.S. Air Force, Central Command. (Applause.) Your Wing Commander Brigadier General Darren James. (Applause.)

        And of course I want to give all of you a huge shout-out. Man, this is the highlight of my trip, being here with you all. It truly is. We’ve got units from the United States Central Command. We’ve got the Grand Slam Wing, the 379th. Are you out there? (Applause.) We’ve got the 385th Air Expeditionary Group. Are you out there? (Applause.) There you are! (Laughter.) There he is! Love you, man. (Laughter.)

        We’ve got the First Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group. (Applause.) There we go. We’ve got the Army’s 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. (Applause.) Okay. (Laughter.) And we’ve got folks here from the Navy, the Marines, and even the Coast Guard — one! There’s one! (Laughter.) Are you that one? There’s one! Hey! (Laughter.)

        And we also have a member of my staff who is here tonight, someone who served in the Air Force for almost 20 years, including right here at Al-Udeid. She was the first female Thunderbird pilot. (Applause.) And she has done us the honor — she is now serving as the Executive Director of my Joining Forces initiative, my dear friend, a woman who is just amazing, Colonel Nicole Malachowski is here! (Applause.) And she is going to be horrified that I pointed her out. But she has given me all the skinny on what it’s like for you guys here.

        So I am really beyond thrilled to be with all of you tonight. And I’m thrilled to bring my friend Conon O’Brien with me as well. (Applause.)

        So when we were planning this trip, I told the group earlier that I met with — every time I travel across the country, if there’s a base somewhere or around the world I want to try to visit to send you guys love, to make sure you know that we’re thinking about you, and to just bring you something that gives you a smile.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/03/remarks-first-lady-servicemembers-part-joining-forces-initiative

      • November 04, 2015

        Remarks by the First Lady at World Innovation Summit for Education on Let Girls Learn: Educating Adolescent Girls Worldwide

        Qatar National Convention Center
        Doha, Qatar

        9:35 A.M. AST

        MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much, Michal. Good morning, everyone. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to be here today for this year’s World Innovation Summit for Education.

        I want to start by congratulating Dr. Yacoobi on winning the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. That is such a tremendous honor, and we are all incredibly inspired by the work that you do and will continue to do. Thank you. Thank you so much. And congratulations. (Applause.)

        I also want to recognize Her Highness, Sheikha Moza, for her outstanding work on behalf of women and children here in Qatar and around the world. (Applause.) The fact that two-thirds of university students in Qatar and nearly 40 percent of the Qatari workforce are women is no accident — it is due in large part to her leadership. And I had the pleasure — absolutely. (Applause.) And I had the pleasure of meeting with Her Highness yesterday, and I very much look forward to working with her and her Education Above All Foundation to help more children –- particularly adolescent girls -– in communities across the globe make that critical transition from primary to secondary education. (Applause.)

        And most of all, I want to thank all of you. Your governments and organizations are improving education for millions of children. Your research and advocacy are transforming how we educate our next generation. And while you come to the issue of education from so many different perspectives, you’re all doing this work for one simple reason: because like me, you believe that every child on this planet deserves the chance to fulfill their boundless potential.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/04/remarks-first-lady-world-innovation-summit-education-let-girls-learn

      • November 04, 2015

        Remarks by the First Lady at World Innovation Summit for Education Roundtable

        Qatar National Convention Center
        Doha, Qatar

        12:12 P.M. AST

        MRS. OBAMA: I am not going to speak for long, because I just spoke. But I’m grateful to — that you all have taken the time to be here. I of course want to thank Sheikha Moza for her leadership and for being just such a gracious host to me during my stay.

        My purpose for being here is really to learn and to listen. Let Girls Learn is a very new initiative in the United States. It is one that we are starting here in the White House, but it’s going to be a lifelong goal for myself as well as for my husband. And part of what I’m trying to do is learn from best practices to figure out what’s the best space for someone like me to occupy; how to use not just this platform, but the next platform or two that I will have to continue to shine light on this issue.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/04/remarks-first-lady-world-innovation-summit-education-roundtable

      • Michelle Obama flies back to DC two days early after 36 hours grounded in Qatar amid fierce sandstorm

        * First Lady was on 7-day solo tour to promote her Let Girls Learn program
        * But a sandstorm cloaked the region on Wednesday, flights grounded
        * After attending airbase and education summit in Qatar, Obama was stuck
        * She is now flying back to DC, forced to miss Jordan leg of the trip

        PUBLISHED: 16:01 EST, 5 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:25 EST, 6 November 2015 By ASSOCIATED PRESS

        Michelle Obama is heading home from the Middle East two days early after being grounded by 36 hours by a brutal sandstorm.

        The first lady was supposed to be in Amman, Jordan, on Thursday to tour a school built with U.S. aid and address Jordanian and Syrian girls who attend class there.

        But a thick sandstorm that cloaked parts of the Middle East on Wednesday delayed her departure from Doha, Qatar, where she addressed an international education conference.

        Finally, after 36 hours of waiting for the weather to clear up, a decision was made on Thursday to return to Washington.

        ‘The first lady is extremely disappointed to not be visiting Jordan during her visit to the region,’ an official traveling with Mrs Obama said.

        For more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3305994/Grounded-Qatar-lady-return-Washington.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • First Lady Michelle Obama Jordan Travel Itinerary

      First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official meetings
      Amman, Jordan

      First Lady Michelle Obama visits a school constructed with USAID funding and technical support
      Amman, Jordan

      First Lady Michelle Obama meets with adolescent girls attending the school
      Amman, Jordan

      First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks and commends Jordan for its generosity and commitment to educating all children living within its ‎borders.
      Amman, Jordan

      First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
      Amman, Jordan

      First Lady Michelle Obama visits the historical and archaeological city of Petra that is famous for its rock-cut architecture
      Ma’an Governorate, Jordan

    • November 04, 2015

      Remarks by the First Lady at World Innovation Summit for Education on Let Girls Learn: Educating Adolescent Girls Worldwide

      Qatar National Convention Center
      Doha, Qatar

      9:35 A.M. AST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much, Michal. Good morning, everyone. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to be here today for this year’s World Innovation Summit for Education.

      I want to start by congratulating Dr. Yacoobi on winning the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. That is such a tremendous honor, and we are all incredibly inspired by the work that you do and will continue to do. Thank you. Thank you so much. And congratulations. (Applause.)

      I also want to recognize Her Highness, Sheikha Moza, for her outstanding work on behalf of women and children here in Qatar and around the world. (Applause.) The fact that two-thirds of university students in Qatar and nearly 40 percent of the Qatari workforce are women is no accident — it is due in large part to her leadership. And I had the pleasure — absolutely. (Applause.) And I had the pleasure of meeting with Her Highness yesterday, and I very much look forward to working with her and her Education Above All Foundation to help more children –- particularly adolescent girls -– in communities across the globe make that critical transition from primary to secondary education. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/04/remarks-first-lady-world-innovation-summit-education-let-girls-learn

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