US President, Donald Trump’s administration will not continue a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama.
According to an internal memo, the “Let Girls Learn” program, which she started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately. While aspects of the initiative’s programming will continue, employees have been told to stop using the “Let Girls Learn” name and also that as a program unto itself, “Let Girls Learn” was ending.
An email sent to Peace Corps employees this week by the agency’s acting director Sheila Crowley reads,
‘Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program. The program 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. We are so proud of what ‘Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success’.