President Donald Trump is going to put an immediate end to Let Girls Learn, former first lady Michelle Obama’s girls’ education program.
“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 to employees reportedly reads, according to CNN.
The Trump administration gave an order to cease the program’s operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN. President Trump has made it his mission to end all vestiges of the Obamas’ initiatives.
To be sure, aspects of Let Girls Learn will continue, although the brand name of the program will no longer be used.
Michelle and her husband, former President Barack Obama, started the program in 2015. It aimed to increase educational opportunities for 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. “We are so proud of what ‘Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success.”
The Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) primarily ran Let Girls Learn, an inter-governmental program.
A spokesman for the Peace Corps told CNN Monday they plan to continue their efforts to facilitate the education of girls.
“The Peace Corps continues to prioritize girls’ education and empowerment programming,” the spokesman said. “Girls’ education and empowerment has been a hallmark of our work over the past 56 years and we look forward to continuing those efforts with our interagency partners. We remain dedicated to the passionate work of our volunteers and staff to empower and educate girls in their communities.”
The media tried to contact the Peace Corps for a comment, but they were unavailable prior to press time.