First Lady Melania Trump Visits Africa to Support Education

The White House • October 4, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump’s Heartfelt Visit to Africa

This week, First Lady Melania Trump is on her first solo international trip, visiting the African nations of Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt. Wrapping up her first stops in Accra and Cape Coast, Ghana, the First Lady took her “Be Best” message to the children of Malawi today.

Lilongwe, Malawi, is known as the “warm heart of Africa.” This afternoon, Mrs. Trump was greeted at the airport by the First Lady of Malawi, Gertrude Mutharika—and her granddaughter, who handed Mrs. Trump a beautiful arrangement of flowers.

During a ceremony at the Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe today, Mrs. Trump spoke on the importance of educating and empowering youth. The children’s willingness to learn was moving: More than 8,000 students attend Chipala Primary School. The facility has 22 classrooms, with an average class size of about 106 students per class.

“The growth and success of a country starts with educating our children,” the First Lady said. “The positivity and passion to learn was so evident in each classroom, and I appreciate the time everyone took to show me around the school.”

The First Lady continued her journey this evening, arriving in Kenya for a two-day visit.

Watch highlights from the First Lady’s visit to Ghana.

In photos: Follow the First Lady’s Africa trip

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First Lady Melania Trump walks through the ‘Door of No Return’ at the Cape Coast Castle in Cape Coast, Ghana | October 4, 2018