COVID-19 Initiative: Objectives to address the Immediate and Long-term Implications of the Pandemic on Girls' Education

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Key Information

Right now, girls in the world’s most vulnerable communities are not able to access quality education and distance learning opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic will disproportionately affect these girls and young women now and for years to come. In response, Malala Fund is supporting organisations in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Pakistan to keep girls learning. In addition to the partners listed below, Malala Fund is also supporting Lebanese Alternative Learning (LAL) to develop training courses for educators on remote teaching in Lebanon.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


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

Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2020 - 2021


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary enrollment
  • Secondary Enrollment


  • Remote Learning


  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

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


5 - 17

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization


  • Increased availability of learning materials
  • Remedial education/skills

Educational Technology

  • Digital devices for the purposes of studying, learning

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • School-based counselors


  • Other activities to address/end violence (not captured above)

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools
  • Support in and around schools (e.g. peer counseling, adult-to-student counseling)
  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • Teacher incentives
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Increased years of schooling
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced grade repetition

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved health - other
  • Improved mental health
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms