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Education Champion Network

Malala Fund believes that real change for girls’ education happens at the local level.

Through the Education Champion Network, we support education advocates and activists who are challenging the policies and practices that prevent girls from going to school in their communities. We invest in their work, support their professional development and connect them with each other to develop national, regional and global networks.

By leveraging the collective power of our Education Champions, Malala Fund is creating broader change and making it easier for all girls to learn.

About the network

Inspired by Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai’s roots as local activists in Pakistan, we established the Malala Fund Education Champion Network to identify, invest in and scale the work of promising local advocates and educators.

Over the course of a three-year grant, Education Champions implement ambitious and targeted projects and participate in advocacy campaigns to change local and national policies that hinder girls' access to education.

Malala Fund supports Education Champions in Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.


Champions receive tailored support that enhances their skills and abilities to lead change in the communities and organisations they work in.


Through media and strategic public engagements, Champions gain direct access to decision-makers.


Champions connect at national, regional and global convenings to identify opportunities for collaboration.


Over the next two years, Malala Fund will invest $7.8 million in Champions’ programmes and advocacy campaigns.

Today, Malala Fund supports 56 Education Champions in 10 countries with the greatest need.

How we identify Education Champions

Malala Fund Education Champions are individuals who have a successful track record of addressing barriers to girls’ education in countries with the most girls out of school.

Every year, Malala Fund receives Education Champion nominations from a wide network of organisations and individuals. Our recruitment process is led by in-country experts who provide national input and insight. Through rigorous analysis, we identify individuals who are able to deliver, through their organisations, high-impact projects that advance girls’ education and create lasting change for girls.


Malala Fund’s Education Champion Network welcomes a new cohort and expands into Tanzania and Bangladesh
Girls and Education Champions in Ethiopia call on leaders to ensure a safe return to school following COVID-19 closures
Naba’a and Malala Fund join forces to help girls end child marriage in Lebanon

Where we work

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