Trump Administration Denies it is Ending Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” Program

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at an American Institute of Architects conference in Orlando. She told the audience that she intends to keep working to promote education for girls around the world. (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at an American Institute of Architects conference in Orlando. She told the audience that she intends to keep working to promote education for girls around the world. (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

The White House is batting down reports that the Trump administration had planned to scuttle one of Michelle Obama’s signature initiatives.

Hours after CNN reported on an internal Peace Corps email that announced a plan to stop supporting the former first lady’s “Let Girls Learn” program, a White House spokesman said there had been no changes to the initiative.

The cable network’s CNN Films division, which celebrated Obama’s work to improve educational opportunities for girls in developing countries in a documentary last year, reported that Sheila Crowley, acting director of the Peace Corps, sent an email to employees this week shutting down the education campaign.

“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” Crowley wrote in a message obtained by CNN. The Peace Corps, which had played a key role in promoting the first lady’s initiative, will continue its work to support girls’ education but it is unclear whether Michelle Obama’s branding will remain a central focus.

As part of “Let Girls Learn” in the Obama administration, federal agencies were directed to put additional resources toward helping girls attend school. The Obamas said that the initiative was inspired by the couple’s 2013 Oval Office meeting with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for speaking out in support of girls’ education.

In her first appearance since leaving the White House, Michelle Obama said last week that she was undeterred in her efforts to promote this cause.

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SOURCE: Krissah Thompson 
The Washington Post