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What is Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” Program?

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A bit of a scare happened on May 2nd when many people who backed a program called “Let Girls Learn” thought that the White House was going to dissolve the program.

While the White House denies ever saying that the Let Girls Learn program might change, CNN had reported that a memo went out saying it would.  The memo supposedly stated: “Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program.  ‘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.”

This email was sent out to the Peace Corps by agency’s acting director Sheila Crowley, according to CNN.  But this was denied shortly afterward.

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Michelle Obama at the ‘Let Girls Learn World Bank Event’ / CC Connect for Climate via Flicker


But What is Let Girls Learn, Anyway?


Let Girls Learn is an American government program that was started by Michelle Obama and her husband, Barack, during the time of his presidency.  It began in 2015, and it brings together many other government agencies (such as the aforementioned Peace Corps) to help aid adolescent girls get an education where it might be harder for them to do so.

Areas that might be in conflict may get special attention due to whatever needs the country may have as far as education goes.  This is also the case for countries that are under-developed in their education system.

The Peace Corps’ job in particular — according to the website — is to ” identify barriers facing adolescent girls who want to attend school, and support community-led girls’ education projects worldwide”.

In 2016, 44 countries were involved with the program.


What Happens if the White House Really Does Dissolve Let Girls Learn?


According to the denied CNN report, some of the activities of Let Girls Learn would have still gone on.  The memo had supposedly called for the end of that name — of that branding.  It’s unknown what aspects of the program would have been supposedly let go, and which ones would stay.

After denying that a plan to rid of Let Girls Learn had ever come up, the White House declined to comment on whether or not the program would become a standalone program (rather than a government program).

They also did not comment on why the memo was ever sent out.



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