The Commitment

In September 2015, world leaders, meeting at the United Nations in New York, committed to a new set of global development goals including a commitment to deliver free, quality primary and secondary education for every child by 2030.

That means 12 years of education for every child, not 6 years, or 9. This is Malala's vision. Because every girl deserves more than a basic education.

That's why we do what we do.

"Leaders of the 21st century must deliver on their promises to invest in the future and start investing in books, education and hope, rather than in weapons, war and conflicts"
– Malala Yousafzai

We think it’s time to get beyond basics

"The world can no longer accept that a basic education is enough. Why do leaders accept that for children in developing countries, only basic literacy is sufficient, when their own children do homework in Algebra, Mathematics, Science and Physics?" - Malala

Funding 12 Years For All

Education money requires far less than military

More money is needed if we are to achieve 12 years of free, safe, quality education for every child. The current funding shortfall is estimated to be US $39 billion a year. This may seem like a lot but it is equivalent to just eight days of global military spending.

The money is available; it is a question of choice.

The Malala Fund is asking governments and institutions to choose to invest in girls’ education. Specifically, we are asking that:

National governments spend at least 20% of their budgets on education.

New and existing donor countries increase their aid to at least 0.7% of their Gross National Income and use at least 10% of this to support basic and secondary education in the poorest countries.

Donor partners increase their funding to the Global Partnership for Education so that it can support a full 12 years of education in developing countries.


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Measuring 12 Years, not 9

9 to 12 years

The Sustainable Development Goals commit to free primary and secondary education for every child but the draft measure of success for this target, for which governments will be held to account, risks being set at just 9 years of schooling.

Governments will focus their education efforts on what will be measured. So measuring girls’ participation in education through the whole of secondary school is crucial to ensuring they are benefitting from the new commitment.

Malala Fund is asking governments to measure girls' participation in a full 12 years of education. Specifically, we are asking that:

The United Nations Statistical Commission, which has been given the task of agreeing the measures of success for the new Sustainable Development Goals, agrees that data should be collected in every country on childrens’ participation in 12 years of primary and secondary education, not 9.

Governments invest in measuring girls' participation in education for a full 12 years. Currently many stop at just 9 years.

Protecting 12 Years in Conflict and Crisis

9 to 12 years

Girls are more than twice as likely to be out of school if they live in countries affected by conflict and 90% more likely to be out of secondary school than girls living in countries not affected by conflict.

Lack of schools, teachers and fear of violence in and around school all serve to keep girls from education in these situations. The need to flee their homes because of conflict can interrupt girls’ education, with little hope of ever setting foot inside a classroom again.

Every girl, no matter where they live or who they are, should be able to access 12 years safe quality primary and secondary education for free. This includes girls affected by conflict.

Malala Fund is asking governments to protect girls’ rights to 12 years of safe education in situations of conflict. Specifically, we are asking that:

Governments give more humanitarian aid to education – only 2% of humanitarian aid went to education in 2013.

World leaders make financial commitments to a new Global Fund for Education in Emergencies at the first World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.

Governments sign the Safe Schools Declaration and implement its provisions.

#YesAllGirls: Education and the Global Refugee Response

21.3 million people are refugees today, more than at any point in recent history. Almost 80% of all refugee adolescents are out of school; those left behind are mostly girls. Malala Fund is calling on governments that #YesAllGirls includes girls who are also refugees.

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The Role of International Financing

#NotLost: Claiming Syria's Future

Syria's crisis is one of the world’s most acute humanitarian emergencies. Improving access to education for displaced and refugee children from Syria is a high priority for the Malala Fund.

Learn more:#NotLostFunding Overview


Watch Ziauddin Yousafzai’s speech at the Safe Schools Declaration Conference

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