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90 Day Report

Stronger than fear: Investing in Nigerian education

August 15, 2014

Progress

On her birthday this year, inspired by the bravery and sacrifice of the recently kidnapped schoolgirls, Malala traveled to Nigeria to meet with some of the escaped girls, families of the kidnapped girls, and government officials including President Goodluck Jonathan.

Last year Malala exclaimed, “Malala Day is not my day. It is the day of every woman, every boy, and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.” This year Malala continued to raise her voice for girls around the world, by helping to amplify the story of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. Thanks to Malala’s advocacy and persistence, the Nigerian Government met with the families of the missing schoolgirls for the first time.

In addition to advocating for greater government intervention Malala and the Malala Fund team are working diligently with a local organization on the ground in Nigeria to help ensure that Nigerian children have safe access to high quality education.

Risks and challenges

Due to the recent Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, security was a main concern for our team during our trip to Nigeria for Malala Day.

Logistically our team was greatly constrained in an effort to minimize security concerns, but thankfully, we were able to successfully host all of our meetings and lay the groundwork for greater collaboration between the government and civilian groups working for the safe return of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls.

Get personal

“On my birthday last year – the very first ‘Malala Day’ – I stood before the UN and spoke for girls’ rights. You joined me with letters, messages, and photos of support. Thank you. This year, we need to raise our voices even louder. I am asking you to stand with me again on Malala Day, July 14th, to say: We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence, and poverty.” –Malala

Next steps

During her recent trip to Nigeria, Malala announced a grant from the Malala Fund to two local organizations, The Center for Girls Education and Girl Child Concerns. The Malala Fund team has been hard at work to finalize our partnership and grant agreement with both organizations, and ensure that the money raised and granted will be used effectively to help the children of Nigeria receive a safe and high quality education.

More information

The Center for Girls Education has three sets of educational programs: educational safe space youth clubs, school scholarships, and ongoing educational community engagement.

Girl Child Concerns provides educational-based enrichment activities for vulnerable girls and builds their capacities to become informed and active young women in their communities. They also provide free access to quality education and life skill development for adolescent girls and young women.

 

 

  • Education & training
  • High-risk projects

Join Glamour in honoring Malala Yousafzai—this year’s Women of the Year Fund initiative winner—with a gift to help The Malala Fund begin grantmaking.

Why we care: 66 million girls worldwide are not in school, and when girls are denied an education, society loses one of its greatest and most powerful resources.

How we’re solving this: Funds raised will fuel future grants from The Malala Fund to programs that directly impact the quality and accessibility of education for girls.

Every year, Glamour Magazine readers support our Glamour Women of the Year Fund initiative, which raises money for organizations that work to improve women’s lives. This year, Glamour is proud to be fundraising on behalf of  Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot and nearly killed by the Taliban when she tried to go to school.

Malala's life’s mission is to make sure all girls have access to the education they deserve. It’s a good idea. Here’s why:

  • When a girl is educated, she gets more than just book smarts.
  • She learns self-awareness, empathy and decision-making skills.
  • She learns to be a critical and creative thinker.
  • She learns how to stay healthy, to become economically self-sufficient and to lift up her family and community.
  • She learns skills she takes through her entire life.
  • She learns to believe in possibility and her own power.

Consider this:

A girl with eight years of education is four times less likely to be married as a child. With even one extra year of schooling, she can earn 20 percent more as an adult. An education also means she’ll be more than twice as likely to send her own children to school, pulling her family out of poverty. That’s one girl.

Malala’s goal of universal education hopes to alleviate many of the world’s problems by going straight to the root. “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world,” Malala has said, and she’s right. Let’s help her do that.

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