Melania Trump spotlights USAID reading program in Malawi


First lady Melania Trump boards a plane, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. ...
First lady Melania Trump boards a plane, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. She will be on a week long tour to four African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and Egypt. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Melania is on her four-nation tour of the continent.
  • The first lady, who has focused on advocating for children in her “Be Best” campaign, used the visit to Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe to highlight the USAID reading program.
  • The first lady heads to Kenya later on Thursday and then stops in Egypt on Saturday before returning to the United States.
 

US First Lady Melania Trump brought soccer balls and books to a school in Malawi on Thursday to highlight a USAID scheme to support African schools, on the second stop of her four-nation tour of the continent.

President Donald Trump has sought to roll back the US foreign aid budget, a move that has been criticised by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

The first lady, who has focused on advocating for children in her “Be Best” campaign, used the visit to Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe to highlight the USAID reading program that has distributed 9.6 million books to Malawi’s schools.

“Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here,” she said after the school visit, speaking to U.S. embassy workers.

“No child in this country is without a book,” Malawi’s Education Minister Bright Msaka told the first lady.

The first lady heads to Kenya later on Thursday and then stops in Egypt on Saturday before returning to the United States.

REUTERS.

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