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Afghanistan is the only country in the world that forbids girls to go school.

Before the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, 3.7 million children were out of school – most of them girls. Since then, the regime has banned an additional 1,254,473 Afghan girls from attending secondary school.

Over the past two decades, Afghan education activists worked to rebuild their country’s education system, helping millions more girls and women go to school. Now under Taliban rule, that progress is under threat. Today, Afghanistan is the only country in the world that forbids half of its population from going to school.

Our work in Afghanistan

Since 2017, Malala Fund has invested close to $1.9 million in local organisations to improve Afghan girls’ access to free, safe, quality education. Education Champions in Afghanistan helped address a nationwide shortage of female teachers by investing in teacher training development and recruitment.

Following the Taliban takeover in 2021, many of our Education Champions faced retribution for advocating for girls and their right to learn. Malala Fund committed more than $1 million in grants to help our Education Champions and their families evacuate and resettle. We also facilitated the safe resettlement of more than 200 additional Afghan human rights defenders.

Currently, Malala Fund supports Afghan education advocates who offer alternative education programmes for girls while schools remain closed. We also continue to partner with Education Champions on global and regional advocacy efforts to keep pressure on the Taliban government to reopen girls’ schools.

“Afghan girls are looking towards world leaders to act immediately and push the Taliban to open girls’ schools. No society can advance if the rights of women and girls are not fully guaranteed."

— M. Rahim Jami


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Where we Work

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