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#ThrowbackThursday: Michelle Obama posts childhood student photo to promote girls’ education worldwide


In this file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks with a school girl during a surprise appearance at Para Los Niños in Los Angeles. (Willy Sanjuan/Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Thursday was World Charity Day and former First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging her 32.6 million Instagram followers to support education for girls with a throwback photo of herself a student.

“It’s after Labor Day, so I’m thinking about all the young people heading back to school and reflecting on my own days as a student in Chicago,” she posted this morning. “I learned a lot in school—how to do my multiplication tables and structure a paragraph, yes, but also how to push myself, be a good friend, and dust myself off after a failure.”

“It’s so easy for us to take our education for granted, especially here in the United States,” the Harvard University Law School and Princeton University alumna continued. “Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school. I believe every girl on the planet deserves the same kind of opportunities that I’ve had—a chance to fulfill her potential and pursue her dreams. We know that when we give girls a chance to learn, they’ll seize it. And when they do, our whole world benefits. Girls who go to school have healthier children, higher salaries, lower poverty rates, and they can even help boost their entire nation’s economy.”

“Today on #WorldCharityDay, I want you to share your favorite #BackToSchool photo and to join the @girlsopportunityalliance to take action for global girls’ education,” Obama commented. “Visit the link in my bio to learn more—because the future of our world is only as bright as our girls.”

She and her husband, former President Barack Obama, formed the Girls Opportunity Alliance through their Obama Foundation.

The Obamas created a GoFundMe account for the Girls Opportunity Alliance, and over $580,000 has been donated towards its $600,000 goal since last October.