Nearly 3.7 million children are out of school in Afghanistan — and more than half are girls.

Early marriage often prevents girls from completing their education because the Ministry of Education forbids married girls from attending government-run schools. As a result, Afghan girls spend an average of 5.6 years in school.

But early marriage is only the second most-reported reason girls drop out. Misconceptions around education for women — perpetuated by long-held cultural beliefs — stop girls from pursuing secondary school. A shortage of female teachers limits learning opportunities for girls because families will not allow men to teach their daughters.

Our work in Afghanistan

Malala Fund works to reverse the devastation to Afghanistan’s education system after more than 40 years of conflict. Education Champions identified two main objectives to improve access to safe, free and quality education for Afghan girls: addressing a nation-wide shortage of female teachers through recruitment and improving education quality and learning outcomes by investing more in teacher training development.


"Afghanistan has one of the youngest populations in the world — I believe that it could be our greatest asset."

— Rahmatullah Arman, CEO of Teach for Afghanistan

Today, Malala Fund supports 8 Education Champions in Afghanistan.


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Where we Work

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