Like many girls in her country, Fatima was forced out of school and into a marriage she didn’t want.
Through our Gulmakai Network, Malala Fund works to eliminate cultural beliefs and traditions that prevent girls like Fatima from reaching their full potential.
There are 3.5 million out-of-school children in Afghanistan — 85% are girls.
We fund Zarqa Yaftali’s field research to identify why girls are out of school and how the government can improve their access to education.
1 in 5
In half of the provinces in Afghanistan, fewer than one out of five teachers is female. Families often will not allow girls to attend classes taught by men.
A Malala Fund grant supports Ramatullah Arman’s work to make schools safer for girls by recruiting and training female teachers.
One-third of girls under age 18 get married, forcing them to drop out of school.
With our support, Zarmina S. works with religious institutions to change cultural beliefs that hold girls back.
Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network supports the work of education champions in countries where girls face the greatest challenges to education. Local educators and activists understand the issues girls face in their communities — and they are best placed to develop solutions.
Meet our Gulmakai Champions in Afghanistan.
CEO, Teach for Afghanistan
Gulmakai Champion since 2017
Arman oversees Teach for Afghanistan’s teacher recruitment and training to increase the number of female educators in the Afghan public system. In 2017, Afghanistan’s Ministries of Education and Higher Education agreed to implement TAO’s model in two new provinces.
Managing Director, Watch on Basic Rights Afghanistan Organisation
Gulmakai Champion since 2018
In Afghanistan, cultural beliefs fuel gender discrimination, which prevents girls from reaching their full potential. Zarmina’s organisation works with the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs to develop and distribute materials that promote girls’ education. WBRAO also makes schools safer for girls by recruiting female teachers and ensuring high schools provide clean bathrooms.
Director, Women and Children Legal Research Foundation
Gulmakai Champion since 2018
Zarqa and her team conduct field research to identify the reasons why girls in Afghanistan are out of school. Based on their findings from interviews with girls, parents and teachers across six provinces, WCLRF will work with the Ministry of Education to form a task force with the goal of increasing graduation rates for girls.
Inspiring a new generation of leaders with Teach for Afghanistan.
Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion writes why Afghanistan’s young population is the country’s greatest asset.
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Ensuring schools reach the most marginalised girls and training young women to speak out for their rights
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