Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

First Lady Visits School in Malawi, Promotes ‘Be Best’ Campaign

First Lady Visits School in Malawi, Promotes ‘Be Best’ Campaign

Following the First Lady's departure from Malawi on Thursday evening, she travelled to Kenya, where she was greeted at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Margaret Kenyatta, the country's First Lady. She approached a crowd of children in royal-blue-and-orange school uniforms who sang in English, "Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome all of you".

First Lady Melania Trump (R) receives flowers from a young girl alongside the first lady of Malawi, Gertrude Maseko (L), as she arrives at Lilongwe International Airport Oct. 4. The first lady landed in the capital of Lilongwe on Thursday morning after a six-hour flight from Ghana.

Her former real-estate mogul husband also appeared to be pleased with the success of his wife's visit, tweeting, "Our country's great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa. We are happy today, we are happy today to see you".

However, Phiri said the protesters could have done better, observing that the timing of their actions did not tally with the work the U.S. first lady came to do in the country.

The first lady later left Malawi for Kenya. The first lady thanked educators for helping the children "be best" throughout their school experience. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has several active reading programs and retention-focused initiatives at schools in Malawi. "I was heartened to spend time with the students, and was honored to donate school supplies and soccer balls", she said.

The convoy of the US First Lady however passed by without any incident and Mrs Trump might have seen the protests.

Among scores of people lining the motorcade route between the school and the ambassador's residence, a few white people held signs.

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