CNN: Trump ending Michelle Obama’s girls education program
President Trump plans to end ‘Let Girls Learn,’ former first lady Michelle Obama’s girls education program, according to a Monday CNN report.
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“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the Let Girls Learn brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” an email from Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley to employees reportedly reads.
The Trump administration gave order to cease the program’s operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.
Aspects of ‘Let Girls Learn’ will continue, although the brand name of the program will no longer be used.
The Obamas started the program in 2015. It aimed to increase educational opportunities for young girls in developing countries.
“‘Let Girls Learn’ provided a platform to showcase Peace Corps’ strength in community development, shining a bright light on the work of our Volunteers all over the world,” Crowley continued. “We are so proud of what ‘Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success.”
The Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) primarily ran the ‘Let Girls Learn,’ an inter-governmental program.
A spokesman for the Peace Corps told CNN Monday they plan to continue their efforts to facilitate the education of girls.
“The Peace Corps continues to prioritize girls’ education and empowerment programming,” the spokesman said. “Girls’ education and empowerment has been a hallmark of our work over the past 56 years and we look forward to continuing those efforts with our interagency partners. We remain dedicated to the passionate work of our volunteers and staff to empower and educate girls in their communities.”
The Peace Corps did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
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