Despite important education gains in recent decades, Nigeria, of all countries, has the largest number of girls not in school. Girls in Nigeria face daunting odds. The average girl stays in school only through age nine. Less than one-third of Nigeria’s girls enroll in the lower secondary school, and, in northern Nigeria, less than one in 10 girls generally completes secondary education.

The challenges girls wanting education face in Nigeria were dramatically highlighted by the kidnapping by extremists in 2014 of some 250 girls, many of whom were to be married off as child brides. The Malala Fund works with local partners in Nigeria both to offer girls an education, and for those for whom returning to school is not an option, to supply alternative learning pathways.

  • Helping Girls Who Escaped from Boko Haram Go Back to School:

    The Malala Fund has provided kidnapped girls who escaped from Boko Haram with counseling services and full scholarships to complete secondary school.

  • Equipping Adolescent Girls with Life Skills:

    The Malala Fund provides funding to the Centre for Girls’ Education (CGE) in northern Nigeria to support hundreds of in- and out-of-school girls through learning clubs held in spaces supplied by the local community. In these “safe spaces” led by a local mentor, groups of girls are taught reading, writing, math, and life and livelihood skills. Funding also supports CGE’s provision of scholarships to cover school-related expenses for girls in secondary school. The program is reducing social and economic barriers to girls' education, helping to delay marriage, and expanding the critical years in which girls can acquire social assets and skills that will serve them adults.

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