Barack and Michelle Obama will be guests of honor at the 30th annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival this year, reports the Washington Post. The Obamas will headline the annual media conference later this month in Austin, Texas, alongside other keynote speakers at this year's SXSW, Ellen Page and Ian Daniel. Barack and Michelle Obama will be at SXSW to promote a new White House initiative called "Let Girls Learn," a program designed to promote education for adolescent girls in developing nations.
The Obama program "Let Girls Learn" builds on earlier successes by Michelle Obama in establishing and promoting early education for young women in countries where girls are typically barred from school, or face significant social or economic pressure to keep them in the home.
"To educate a girl is to build a healthier family, a stronger community and a brighter future. Unfortunately today, 62 million girls around the world are not in school. Half of them are adolescents, we know that countries with more girls in secondary school tend to have lower maternal mortality rates, lower infant mortality rates, and lower rates of HIV/AIDS," reads the White House Press release.