The Trump administration is ending a program established by former First Lady Michelle Obama, to help women across the globe get access to education.
CNN is reporting that the “Let Girls Learn” program, established in 2015, will be discontinued immediately. The program sought to utilize the Peace Corps to further educational opportunities for young women in underdeveloped and developing nations, particularly where women receiving an education is culturally frowned upon.
Some aspects will remain in place, but other parts of the program, including the name itself, would be discontinued. “Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” read an email from the program’s director Sheila Crowley.
According to the Peace Corps website, which helps facilitate the “Let Girls Learn” program around the world, “Let Girls Learn helps adolescent girls attain a quality education and enables them to reach their full potential.” It does so by increasing “gender awareness by delivering targeted trainings which reach thousands of Volunteers and tens of thousands of community leaders – empowering them to become champions of girls’ education.”
Michelle Obama’s launch of the program came in 2015, just one year after Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her refusal to stop going to school despite being brutally attacked for seeking out educational opportunities.
The Let Girls Learn program isn’t the only initiative started by Michelle Obama that’s being targeted by the Trump administration. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also announced recently plans to ease regulations on school nutrition standards, which had been enacted by the Obama administration through Michelle Obama’s National School Lunch Program, which sought to fight childhood obesity.