It looks like Donald Trump is seriously intent on undoing every single thing President Obama’s administration enacted during his time in the White House, including Michelle Obama’s initiative to encourage young women and girls around the world to pursue education.
In addition to championing good health through her “Let’s Move” campaign and encouraging healthy eating by advocating for healthier school lunches, Mrs. Obama was also a big proponent of education. In 2015 she rolled out “Let Girls Learn,” a program that helped young girls in developing nations gain access to education. But it looks like Trump isn’t a champion of education–or maybe it’s just because Mrs. Obama created the program–but it’s coming to an end.
According to CNN, Peace Corp director Sheila Crowley sent a memo to the agency directing them to stop using the “Let Girls Learn” name, though a few of the initiatives will remain in place.
“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” the document read.
“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 wrote. “We are so proud of what ‘Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success.”
Despite its success and funding partnerships and promises from other nations totaling a billion dollars, the Trump Administration has chosen to roll back the program. Many on social media speculated the move was done out of spite for the Obamas.
Trump is ending the "Let Girls Learn" initiative.
They are literally rolling back time.
— Jas Waters (@JasFly) May 1, 2017
USAID – $27 million to Let Girls Learn
Trump Mar-A-Lago visits $20 million
Melania Trump could stay in DC for 1 month and cover this program
— Royal Priest (@MLCHZDK) May 1, 2017
— Cynny (@Cynny) May 1, 2017
Trump ending America's international Let Girls Learn program, which had $1 billion in support in 50 countries https://t.co/1rdVMtDjht
— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) May 1, 2017
This isn’t the only change the Trump administration has made to initiatives the Obamas rolled out during their time in the White House. In addition to promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act and rolling back advancements in environmental protections (and even national monuments), the Trump administration will also be issuing new school lunch guidelines aimed at “providing regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program.”
Tina Tchen, Mrs. Obama’s former White House chief of staff, called the news of program’s ending “unfortunate.”
“I think it’s unfortunate to not continue with the branded campaign,” she said. “We think that this is an issue that has bipartisan support, it’s really not a Republican or Democratic issue.”
Tchen also said Mrs. Obama is thinking about ways to keep the aims of the “Let’s Girls Learn” program alive as a private citizen.