Nigeria

Helping girls living under the threat of Boko Haram go to school and campaigning for new policies that support 12 years of free, safe, quality education for every girl

Peace's story

Looking around her community in Nigeria, Peace saw many girls forced out of school and into early marriage or menial labour.

With help from Gulmakai Champion Rotimi Olawale, the 15-year-old mentors other girls and talks to their parents about why they should be in school.

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Most out-of-school girls

Nigeria is the richest country in Africa — yet it has more girls out of school than any country in the world.

Rotimi Olawale advocates for the passage of the Child Rights Act, which guarantees free, quality education for all children and prevents marriage under age 18.

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In Northern Nigeria, almost two-thirds of students are illiterate.

With help from Malala Fund, Habiba Mohammed campaigns for local governments to eliminate school costs and improve learning standards.

Only 7%

In 2018, Nigeria’s government spent just 7% of its budget on education. The United Nations recommends allocating 20%.

We bolster Kiki James’s advocacy for increased government funding for girls’ education through radio segments and community meetings.

Gulmakai Champions

Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network supports the work of education champions 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 Gulmakai Champions in Nigeria.

“In Nigeria, the voices of out-of-school girls are not often heard. So I decided to do something about it. I became an advocate.”

— Peace Ayo, 15, Girl advocate

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