Let Girls Learn

Let+Girls+Learn

Sadie Neville, Co-Editor in Chief

The “Let Girls Learn” program, founded by Barack and Michelle Obama in 2015, expedited educational opportunities for young girls in developing countries.

 

On May 1, the Trump Administration voted to discontinue the program.

 

According to CNN, many of the organization’s duties will continue, but officials have been told to stop working under the “Let Girls Learn” name.

 

A spokesman for the Peace Corps assured they will “remain dedicated to the passionate work of our volunteers and staff to empower and educate girls in their communities.”

 

“Let Girls Learn” was run through the Peace Corps and U.S. Agency for International Development.

 

According to CNN, an email to Peace Corps volunteers from director Sheila Crowley read, “Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand […] We are so proud of what [this initiative] accomplished.”

 

In Oct. 2016, the Obama staff strove to reinforce the agency out of fear of a new administration. Five million dollars were given to the private sector of “Let Girls Learn” initiatives by the White House during this time.

 

Although First Lady Melania Trump has declined to comment on the ending of the organization, she spoke on women’s rights and education in a recent speech to the State Department.

 

“I continue to firmly believe that education is the most powerful way to promote and ensure women’s rights,” she said.

 

Michelle Obama reiterated her stance on female education last week, stating, “the plight of women and girls is real […] The struggles are real.”