Peace's story

Looking around her community in Nigeria, Peace saw many girls forced out of school and into early marriage or menial labour.

With help from Education Champion Rotimi Olawale, the 15-year-old mentors other girls and talks to their parents about why they should be in school.

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Most out-of-school girls

Nigeria is Africa's richest country — and the one with the most out-of-school girls.

Rotimi Olawale advocates for the passage of the Child Rights Act, which guarantees free, quality education for all children and prevents marriage under age 18.


In northern Nigeria, almost two-thirds of students are illiterate.

With help from Malala Fund, Habiba Mohammed campaigns for local governments to eliminate school costs and improve learning standards.

Only 7%

In 2018, Nigeria’s government spent just 7% of its budget on education. The United Nations recommends allocating 20%.

We bolster Kiki James’s advocacy for increased government funding for girls’ education through radio segments and community meetings.

Education Champions

Malala Fund’s Education Champion Network supports the work of education advocates 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 Education Champions in Nigeria.

“In Nigeria, the voices of out-of-school girls are not often heard. So I decided to do something about it. I became an advocate.”

— Peace Ayo, 15, Girl advocate


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