Melania Trump is in the process of planning a big solo international trip this October through several African countries.
“This will be my first time traveling to Africa, and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history,” the first lady shared in a statement with the Associated Press Monday. (RELATED: Melania Trump’s Most Memorable Looks Of 2017 [SLIDESHOW])
“We are a global society, and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another,” she added.
The first lady’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, explained that Africa was selected after the first lady “learned about some of the development programs” that are underway in several of the countries. Some of those include “investments by the United States in children’s health and education.”
The exact date and which countries FLOTUS will be visiting has yet to be announced.
On Monday, she spoke in Maryland at a Bullying Prevention Summit on the topic of cyberbullying, warning of its “destructive and harmful” effects on kids.
“In today’s global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children’s daily lives. It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly,” Trump shared. “That is why ‘Be Best’ chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting.”