Trump Announces The End Of Michelle Obama's Girls Education Program
The Trump administration is gearing up to end the former FLOTUS' education program for girls in developing countries.
May 01, 2017 at 6:52 pm
In what looks to be a game of "How Can I Be The Worst Today?," Trump has confirmed that he plans to end former First Lady Michelle Obama's education program for girls, according to CNN.
CNN's David Wright reported the news via Twitter this morning:
CNN exclusive: Trump administration ending Michelle Obama’s girls education program, effective immediately -- via @Kevinliptakcnn— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) May 1, 2017
"Moving forward, we will not continue to use the Let Girls Learn brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” a memo from Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley to employees reportedly read. The platform, which advocates education for girls in developing countries, has been ordered to cease immediately per the Trump administration.
Word has it that particular aspects of Let Girls Learn will continue, although the brand name of the program will no longer be used.
Let Girls Learn was created by the Obamas in 2015, and, along with her fitness program, was a priority of Michelle Obama's. The Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) were primarily responsible for the educational platform, which ran as an inter-governmental program.
"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," Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley noted. "We are so proud of what Let Girls Learn accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success."
A spokesman for the Peace Corps confirmed to CNN that, despite this setback, the agency plans to continue their efforts to facilitate the education of girls around the world.
"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."