Maikele's story

To get to school from her Indigenous Brazilian community, Maikele has to wake up at 4 a.m., walk five miles in heavy rains and take a one hour bus ride.

Education Champion Ana Paula Ferreira de Lima is fighting to make getting to school easier for Indigenous girls like Maikele. Ana Paula trains Indigenous youth advocates and campaigns for increased investment in girls’ education.

1.5 million

Brazil is the world’s eighth largest economy — but 1.5 million girls are still out of school, denied an education because of racism, exploitation and poverty.

Malala Fund supports research into the financial cost to the state when girls drop out of school.


While Indigenous people in Brazil make up only 0.5% of the country’s population, they are 30% of its illiterate population.

A Malala Fund grant allows Ana Paula Ferreira de Lima to train 60 Indigenous girls as youth advocates.

Four children

Four children are sexually abused or exploited every hour in Brazil.

With our support, Denise Carreira is training teachers on gender equality and reporting on gender-based violence.

Education Champions

Malala Fund’s Education Champion Network supports the work of education advocates in countries where girls face the greatest challenges to education. Local educators and activists understand the issues girls face in their communities — and they are best placed to develop solutions.

Meet our Education Champions in Brazil.

“Education is the first step. If everyone in the favela got educated, they would desire to do other things with their lives.”

— Tuany, student and ballet teacher


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