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

To improve access to safe, free and quality education, Malala Fund’s work in Afghanistan is focused on addressing a nation-wide shortage of female teachers through recruitment and improving education quality and learning outcomes by investing more in teacher training development. Malala Fund initiated our work in Afghanistan in 2017 with close to $1.9M invested in local organisations. Present circumstances have impacted those programmes, but we are committed to the safety and security of our grantees and advancing girls’ education in the region.

Due to security concerns, we have removed details about our work in Afghanistan from this page.

Where we Work

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