UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education

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Key Information

The brutal assassination attempt made against Pakistani teenager and activist for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai gave birth to the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education. Part of the “Better Life, Better Future” Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, the fund was established in 2012 to expand girls’ access to quality and gender-responsive education and ensure safe learning environments, especially in countries affected by conflict and disaster. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan initially committed 10 million USD to the Fund, and since 2014 the CJ Group is another major contributor to the Fund, along with other supporters. The Fund supports the implementation of holistic programmes which aim to: 1) Expand access to education for girls and women, especially those hardest to reach and affected by conflict and disaster 2) Improve the quality and relevance of education, ensuring that content, teaching practices, learning processes and environments are gender-sensitive 3) Strengthen policy and capacity to ensure safe learning environments


East Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Cambodia, Egypt, Guatemala, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2012 -


“Better Life, Better Future” Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education

Ministry Affiliation



Islamic Republic of Pakistan, CJ Group

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Transition from school to work


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School facilities
  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • School violence


  • Literacy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Emergencies and protracted crises

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


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School Enrolment Status

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School Level

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Other populations reached

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Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Increased availability of learning materials

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Literacy - outside the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

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Cross-cutting goals

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Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Malala Fund