By Carolyn Tisdale
President Donald Trump and members of his administration have delivered a memo, which calls for discontinuing a federal education program for girls that was started by former FLOTUS Michelle Obama.
CNN reported on Monday (May 1st) that Mrs. Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative will no longer be supported by the Trump administration effective immediately, according to White House officials. Mrs. Obama started the program in 2015 alongside her husband, former U.S. president Barack Obama.
The “Let Girls Learn” initiative was designed to organize academic achievement and education infrastructure in developing countries across the globe. White House officials have stated that some elements of the initiative will remain intact. However, the name will be dropped along with other key cornerstones of the program.
Sheila Crowley, the acting director of the Peace Corps sent an email out this week to the agency’s employees alerting them about the new changes being made. “Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” Crowley wrote.
“‘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. We are so proud of what ‘Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success,” Crowley’s email went on to read.
After CNN’s initial report about this situation broke, another Trump administration official tried to play down the occurrence of the “Let Girls Learn” project being dropped. “There have been no changes to the program,” Kelly Love, a White House spokeswoman said in a statement.
CNN also reported further media questioning about the stoppage of Mrs.Obama’s program was forwarded to representatives of the current First Lady Melania Trump and herself. However, neither Mrs. Trump or any of her representatives agreed to comment on this issue.