Trump also took a brief safari as she learned more about steps the East African nation is taking to conserve wildlife. Lawmakers essentially ignored those requests.
She is now in Malawi and will end up visiting Kenya and Egypt to complete her week-long visit to Africa.
The visit has attempted to promote the world of the US Agency for International Development. She observed several outdoor classrooms at Chipala Primary School and saw first-hand the challenges faced by educators. Chipala has more than 8,500 students but just 77 teachers, for a ratio of 111 students per instructor, according to the US government.
In the spirit of the first lady's "Be Best" initiative, during one class visit, a teacher led what appeared to be an exercise in self-confidence, asking students to stand up and say their name along with, "You are the best!"
"Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here", she said in a short speech afterwards at the U.S. embassy. Her own 12-year-old son attends a private school in Maryland.
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"I am very proud to see the first lady", high school student Sharon Sibo told AFP after being among a group of welcoming pupils at the airport.
The first lady was greeted by Malawi's first lady, Gertrude Mutharika, when she arrived in the country.
The President of Ghana (where Melania will also stop on the trip), Nana Akufo-Addo, criticised the reported comments at the time, calling them "extremely unfortunate".
Another sign read, "69 Days Past the Deadline to Reunite Families", in reference to Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.
While in Kenya, Melania is expected to hold a meeting with President Uhuru and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, visit the Kenya National Theatre as well as a few children homes within Nairobi.