Malala fund

Investing in a better future for more than 130 million girls

Photo Credit: Malin Fezehai for Malala Fund


What they do

There are more than 130 million girls out of school today, and Malala Fund is working to break down the barriers that prevent  girls from receiving an education. Through the Gulmakai Network, Malala Fund invests in local educators and activists in countries where the most girls are out of school. Malala Fund also advocates for policy changes needed to get girls in school and learning.

Mission: Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

Why we love them: Like Malala and her father Ziauddin, education activists in Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network advocate tirelessly to help girls overcome the strongest challenges keeping them out of school. Threats to girls’ education — like poverty, war and gender discrimination — differ between countries and regions. Local educators and activists understand these challenges in their communities and are best placed to identify, innovate and advocate for policy and programmatic solutions.

Over the next several years, Malala Fund expects the work of these remarkable education  champions will result in substantial gains for girls’ education.

Girls’ education is an investment in economic growth, a healthier workforce, lasting peace and the future of our planet.

Photo Credit: Tess Thomas for Malala Fund

Our partnership

Partnership and impact

Pluralsight will work to support technology skills development for Malala Fund staff as well as  Gulmakai Champions, the staff of their respective organizations, and the girls they support. In addition to leveraging Pluralsight’s rich content and skill-building tools, Pluralsight One Fund is supporting Malala Fund with a $100,000 unrestricted grant and 640 licenses with technology strategy support in year one.

The investment will support Malala Fund's:

  • Expansion of the Gulmakai Network. Each year, Malala Fund adds a new cohort of 10-13 Champions to its network.
  • Existing Gulmakai Network of 38 Champions. Malala Fund provides critical support and networking opportunities for its existing Champions, who have multi-year agreements with the Fund.
  • Infrastructure and sustainable growth.

impact snapshot

Gulmakai Champions are making great strides for girls around the world

Syria region: Nayla Fahed created an e-learning program to help girls develop STEM skills and thrive in the modern job market. The Lebanese government is making this platform  available to more than 10,000 students around the country.

Nigeria: As a result of Rotimi Olawale’s two-year advocacy campaign, the governor of Kaduna state in northern Nigeria passed the Child Rights Act this year. It guarantees all children in the state the right to basic education, eliminates school fees and prevents marriage under the age of 18.

Afghanistan: Through Teach for Afghanistan (TAO), Rahmatullah Arman recruits and trains female educators to increase girls' enrollment in Afghan public schools. This year, TAO recruited and trained an all-female cohort of university graduates. TAO fellows are now teaching 10,344 students in the poorest public schools of Parwan province.

To see more regional progress, click here >

Photo Credit: J. Hahn for Malala Fund


Malala Fund organizes work under three key pillars

Investing in local education activists

Through its Gulmakai Network, they invest in local educators and advocates — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where the most girls are missing out on secondary school.

Advocating to hold leaders accountable

Malala Fund advocates — at local, national and international levels — for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education.

Amplifying girls’ voices

Malala Fund believes girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential. They amplify girls’ voices and share their stories through Assembly, its digital publication and newsletter.

Malala Fund works in countries with the poorest education outcomes for girls, including Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey and Lebanon.