Report: Obama-era girls education program to discontinue

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally in support of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S., October 27, 2016. 

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The White House’s “Let Girls Learn” program, an initiative spearheaded by former first lady Michelle Obama, has been discontinued by the Trump administration, CNN reports.

The program, which provides girls in developing and countries with educational opportunities, will cease operations immediately, according to an internal document obtained by the network.

“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” read an email sent by the program’s acting director, Sheila Crowley.

The education program for adolescent girls was started in March 2015 and addresses obstacles in international girls’ education. Although primarily run by the Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the program partnered with four other government agencies in addition to relying on private funding to provide resources and programming for global girls’ learning.

According to the its website, the program “combines the necessary political will, diplomacy, grassroots organizing, and development expertise to create lasting change.”

“We want this to spur and inspire you to not take your education for granted,” Mrs. Obama said in September after the initial launch of the program.  

CNN reports that aspects of the program will continue, but the branded “Let Girls Learn” campaign will end, along with its government funding.

“‘Let Girls Learn’ had several years of funding already baked,” said Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff. “We were hopeful that given that, it could continue. But obviously elections have consequences, and nobody knows that better than we.”

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