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Trump scraps Michelle Obama’s education program for girls

The Trump administration is planning to end former First Lady Michelle Obama’s education program for girls, Let Girls Learn.

According to a CNN report this Monday, the Trump administration is planning to end former First Lady Michelle Obama‘s education program for girls, Let Girls Learn.

“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the Let Girls Learn brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” an email from Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley reads according to CNN. The program was primarily run by the Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development

Trump plans to cease the program’s operations immediately. Certain aspects of the program will continue, but the brand name put forth by the former First Lady will be scrapped.

The program, started in 2015 was designed to give  educational opportunities to young girls in developing countries.

“‘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 continued in the statement. “We are so proud of what ‘Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success.”

From CNN:

News of the program’s end came the same day President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, was visiting an elementary school in suburban Virginia to announce changes to another initiative spotlighted by the former first lady, healthy school lunches.

Perdue was set to unveil a rule change “providing regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program” during a visit to Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg. Like “Let Girls Learn,” improving the nutritional quality of school meals was a major focus of Obama’s during her tenure as first lady.

CNN reports that a spokesman for the Peace Corps said they plan to continue their efforts to “facilitate the education of girls.”

Featured image via Gage Skidmore

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