Princess Lalla greets Michelle Obama and daughters during African tour

Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia touched down in the Moroccan city of Marrakech this week to kick off their tour of Africa. The trio was greeted by King Mohammed VI's wife, Princess Lalla Selma.

After spending the day promoting education in Africa at a leadership camp for girls in Liberia, the first lady, Malia, 18, and 15-year-old Sasha were greeted by Princess Lalla at Menara Airport on Monday evening.

TAP TO VIEW FULL GALLERYPrincess Lalla greeted the Obamas as they arrived in Morocco

The aim of Michelle's trip is to tackle the exclusion of girls in education worldwide. During a talk for US initiative Let Girls Learn, she said: "We will emerge together as a group of women to tackle this exclusion."

It is thought that an estimated 62 million girls around the world are denied the right to an education – something Michelle is determined to change.

Michelle Obama was there to encourage young girls to stay in school

After telling the girls in Marrakech she was "thrilled" to be with them, Michelle insisted: "I'm here to shine a big bright light on you."

The visit to Africa is an important and much-needed one. Following the civil wars between 1989 and 2003, and the Ebola epidemic two years ago, many schools were shut. But, in conjunction with Michelle's tour, USAID has pledged to donate up to $27 million to the Let Girls Learn programme.

The first lady "will highlight commitments made by the US government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID in partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco to help adolescent girls in Morocco go to school and stay in school."

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