Political Editor – LeNora Millen
Amid controversy surrounding Michelle Obama’s female education initiative, The State Department and the White House deny CNN reports that the program was ending.
A White House spokeswoman told CNN on Monday that “There have been no changes to the program and none have been authorized.” Citing an internal memo, allegedly sent to Peace Corps employees, CNN reported earlier in the day that the White House would not continue with Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ program, which helps girls in developing countries seek educational opportunities.
In response to an email allegedly sent from the White House, Sheila Crowley, the acting director of the Peace Corps, stated the following, “Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program.” In an email addressing the confusion surrounding the ‘Let Girls Learn’ program, the White House refused to speak further on the internal memo, nor did they provide details on the future of the initiative.
The ‘Let Girls Learn’ program provides a platform to focus on Peace Corps’ strength in community development, and have been described as a beacon of light for volunteers around the globe. Former First Lady Michelle Obama launched the “Let Girls Learn” education program in 2015. One of the strengths of the program was not just about investing more money in educating girls; the program also focused on changing the perception of how women and girls are viewed and valued around the world.