The Malala Fund, founded in honor of one of Pakistan’s most recent heroes, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani student activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012, will work to improve access, quality and safety for girls’ learning environments in the most remote areas of Pakistan.
At present, there are 3.8 million girls not attending school due to lack of access, safety, and availability of school programs that allow girls to learn. To add insult to injury, the girls who are in school are more likely to drop out of their programs than boys. In Pakistan today, ten percent more boys than girls have access to primary education. The Malala Fund program aims to decrease that disparity to five percent in the next three years.
And that’s just Pakistan. Six hundred million young girls from the developing world face the struggle to learn safely every day. When we’re denying our youth the right to an education, we are communicating our ignorance for their personal development, their safety, their ability to contribute to our global community. When we tell our youth we don’t have the money, the time, the passion or the commitment to fight for their basic right to an education, how can we expect anything but a nonviolent response?