Pakistan

Pakistan has made significant progress for girls’ education in the last decade — but 12 millions girls are out of school, with only 13% of girls reaching grade nine.

Even with the demand for girls' education increasing across the country, girls face more barriers to their education than boys due to gendered social norms. Furthermore, there are not enough free, quality schools with female teachers to adequately educate Pakistan’s girls. The lack of girls’ secondary schools and poor quality of education that does not promise economic returns puts the pressure on families to marry their daughters off at the early age or send them into domestic or paid labour.

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“I want people in Pakistan to think about the quality of education, what are girls actually learning...I want girls to speak up and say, ‘I want to go to school and learn.”

— Huma Zia Faran, Programmes Lead, Pak Alliance for Maths and Science Welfare Trust (PAMS)

Today, Malala Fund supports 12 Education Champions in Pakistan.

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Where we Work

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