Syria Region

Using technology to help refugee girls access classrooms, campaigning to ease enrolment requirements and fighting to reduce child marriage

Sara's story

After fleeing Syria as a refugee five years ago, Sara hopes to study to be an architect so she can rebuild her home country.

Tabshoura in a Box — a technology developed by Gulmakai Champion Nayla Fahed — gives Sara the STEM skills she needs to achieve her dream.

1/2 out of school

There are 1.5 million school-aged Syrian refugee children living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon — but half of them are not in school.

In Lebanon and Turkey, Malala Fund supports Fadi Hallisso as he helps out-of-school Syrian girls re-enter the classroom.

Education barriers

Lack of transportation, restrictive enrolment policies, high fees and language barriers prevent Syrian refugee girls from continuing their education.

We invest in digital learning technology created by Nayla Fahed that works without internet to help refugee girls catch up on lessons.

41%

In Lebanon, 41% of young displaced Syrian women were married before 18.

We fund Hiba Hamzi's advocacy to raise the minimum marriage age to 18 so more girls can remain in school.

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 the Syria region.

“Education is the most important investment we can make in Syria’s children, the country’s future and stability in the region.”

— Malala, January 2016

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