The White House is ending former first lady Michelle Obama’s signature “Let Girls Learn” program, CNN reported, citing an internal email sent to Peace Corps employees. “Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley told the agency’s employees in an email. The program was just launched two years ago by the former first lady and her husband, then-President Barack Obama. Operations are being shut down immediately.
The program, an inter-governmental initiative run primarily by the Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development, was aimed at providing opportunities for girls living in developing countries to get an education, an issue that is near and dear to Michelle Obama. “Education is a very personal thing for me,” she said last year while discussing the program. “As I tell girls whenever I meet them, I wouldn’t be here, sitting here not just in this chair but in the life that I have, if it weren’t for my education.”
Some aspects of the program will still remain, and Crowley, in the email to employees, pledged that the Peace Corps would still consider girls’ education a top priority. She also praised what “Let Girls Learn” was able to accomplish in its two years of existence. “‘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 wrote. “We are so proud of what ‘Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success.”
The move is the latest step the Trump administration has taken in a bid to overturn President Obama’s legacy, though not all things, like the repeal of Obamacare, have proven easy to end. The move also comes on the heels of news last week that Trump is planning to eliminate funding for the Office of Global Women’s Issues by 2018 in order to make room for more military spending. Still, on Monday, the Trump administration was moving to erase yet another of Michelle Obama’s top initiatives.
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