Trump Administration Ends Michelle Obama's Girls' Education Program
May 04 2017
In 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama created the "Let Girls Learn" program and championed the initiative, which facilitated educational opportunities for girls in developing countries.
The statement did not address whether or not the not make clear if "Let Girls Learn" initiative would be kept as a program by itself.
Helping young girls get an education sounds like possibly the least offensive goal imaginable.
The Trump administration is doing away with two marquee programs advanced by former first lady Michelle Obama.
In her first appearance since leaving the White House, Michelle Obamasaid last week that she was undeterred in her efforts to promote this cause.
Tina Tchen, Ms Obama's former chief of staff, told CNN the programme had secured several more year's worth of funding. After only six days on the job, President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, moved to stall the stricter nutritional standards for school breakfasts and lunches that the former first lady had pushed.
Lauded by supporters in the United States as crucial in the fight against childhood obesity, the initiative put restrictions on sodium and sweetened milks, and required school lunches to increase the amount of whole-grain foods they contained.
Apparently, some aspects from the program will remain, but employees for the initiative have been ordered to stop referring to the organization as Let Girls Learn.
An internal document obtained by CNN reportedly advised administration employees that the program would cease operation immediately. While she hasn't formally announced an official platform, women's empowerment and access to education for women and girls is emerging as a key area of importance for her growing East Wing. After a 2005 video clip of Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women surfaced, Obama opened up about her feelings regarding the Republican candidate.
Subscribe to the Broadsheet, Fortune's newsletter for and about powerful women. Through federal aid funding and fundraising outside of the American government, this Obama-spearheaded organization certainly did a lot of good for girls and women around the world, and despite it being in line with Melania Trump's beliefs on educating girls. "For me, education has never been simply a policy issue-it's personal", she wrote.
According to its website, the program, started in 2015, was a "holistic approach to change the perception of the value of girls at the individual, community and institutional website".