Ethiopia has made tremendous strides in advancing girls’ and women’s rights in the last decade — tripling the number of children in primary school and electing its first female president.

Still, Ethiopian girls struggle to access free, safe, quality education. Only 25% of girls attend secondary school, an even larger issue in rural areas where there are not many schools. Even when in school, girls face abuse and sexual violence within the school environment. Inadequate bathrooms and lessons that reinforce gender discrimination make it harder to succeed. Child marriage, economic hardship and lack of sanitary pads further compound girls’ ability to remain in school.


"I am the person I am because of education. I have to give back what I was privileged to have, to give back to the community. That's why I'm still working."

— Amsale Mulugeta, Executive Director, Education for Sustainable Development

Today, Malala Fund supports 3 Education Champions in Ethiopia.

Where we Work

Malala Fund works in regions where the most girls miss out on secondary education.