Malala strives for the right to education

"I want to live in a world where education is taken for granted in every corner of the globe, because no-one is excluded from it."

In 2013, the International Children’s Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai. The prize was presented by Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman. Malala won the prize, at the age of 16, because she fights for every child’s right to education and especially for girls. KidsRights supports Malala in her struggle with a project fund of € 100.000, -. The funds are provided through the Akzo Nobel Children's Peace Fund. The selected projects in Pakistan improve access and quality of education in various ways.

Boarding school


In the Swat region where violence and poverty are a daily reality, many children have no father or are orphaned. These vulnerable children often do not attend school. With the support of KidsRights, 25 vulnerable children gain access to quality education and shelter at the boarding school.

Period: continuously from August 2014
Goal: to provide quality education for vulnerable children



All children received a winter kit including a shawl, shoes and a jersey to be prepared for the harsh winter time in Pakistan.


The girls in general are doing well at their respective colleges. The main subjects that the girls are studying include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Urdu and Islamite. The girls can choose Mathematics instead of Biology.

The girls had their first exams from September 30th to October 6th at the three evening colleges. The questions for the exams were defined by the Khpal Kor Foundation and forwarded to the colleges prior to the date of the first exam. The majority of the girls performed well. 


Evening schools for girls

In the Shangla region, there are not sufficient adequate schools for girls, mainly because the lack of female teachers. In this region of Pakistan, many girls are not permitted  to be taught by male teachers. With the support of KidsRights 50 girls can attend evening classes. These 50 girls will receive two years of intermediate education (between secondary and higher) in evening classes at three different private schools. Upon completion girls can go to university or they can teach at a school in the region, thereby increasing the number of female teachers and thus making education more accessible for girls.

Period: January 2015 – December 2015
Goal: to provide education to 50 girls and thereby increase in time the amount of female teachers

The right to education for girls

Worldwide there are still 32 million girls who are not attending primary school. In order to give girls the same rights to education as boys, attention must be given to the cultural perspective on the role of girls in the family, to the cost of education and to unsafe situations on the way to school and safety at the school itself. Access to education for girls has a positive result on the overall health of a society, contributes to higher incomes and employment, reduces the mortality of mothers and children and discourages marriages at a young age.


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