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Michelle Obama to meet pupils at East London school

Michelle Obama waves as she arrives at Stansted Airport on Monday. Credit: Chris Radburn / PA Wire/Press Association Images

America's First Lady Michelle Obama will host an event at a school in East London today.

She will meet pupils at the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets to discuss joint work between America and Britain to boost education for adolescent girls across the world through the Let Girls Learn initiative, championed by her and US president Barack Obama.

Pupils at the single-sex comprehensive will get the chance to grill the first lady - along with former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard, who chairs the board of the Global Partnership for Education.

It’s fantastic that the First Lady chose to visit one of our borough’s excellent schools today. Following a major transformation programme, our schools are now internationally recognised and delivering some of the best results in the country. I am sure the First Lady welcomed the chance to meet some of the inspirational young people our borough is rightly proud of and I know they will have found her visit an incentive for further success, in school and in life.

– John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets

Michelle Obama to visit London later this month

The US First Lady Michelle Obama will visit London with her mother and daughters later this month.

Michelle Obama will visit London with her mother and daughters. Credit: Reuters

Her visit is part of her campaign to boost girls' education across the world, the Let Girls Learn initiative championed by herself and her husband.

Her visit comes six years after delivering an emotional address to pupils at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington. The US embassy said Mrs Obama would:

meet with students and discuss how the UK and the US are working together to expand access to girls' education around the world - supporting adolescent girls in completing their education.

– US embassy official