This weekend (Sunday 24 January, 2021) marks a very important day on the global calendar, the third annual International Day of Education. A day dedicated to education around the world and a day to celebrate the important role of education in creating positive social, cultural and sustainable change around the globe.
And, while many of us have had the privilege of access to a quality education throughout our life, sadly, this is not the truth for many around the world. In fact, did you know that about 265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school?*
Also, at this moment, nearly 130 million girls are out of school. Even more are in school but not learning, and sadly approximately 20 million more secondary school-aged girls could be out of school after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.
At kikki.K, we believe that education is a human right, and we stand with Malala Fund as they continue to work until they see every child in school. And we ask you to join us! Every child deserves a quality education and an opportunity to fulfil their dreams. Are you with us?
So, what is kikki.K doing to help?
We’re so proud to announce a three-year partnership with Malala Fund, joining Malala Yousafzai in her quest to break down barriers to girls’ education around the globe. Our initial USD $100,000 donation is being celebrated by Malala Fund’s first ever stationery product collaboration in Australia, our gorgeous new kikki.K x Malala Fund Collection.
Making this partnership even more timely, are the lasting effects Malala Fund says that COVID-19 will have on the lives of most marginalised girls. The global pandemic resulting in 90% of the world’s countries shutting school doors was a temporary hiatus for most, but Malala Fund estimates that approximately 20 million more secondary school-aged girls could be out of school after the crisis has passed.
Our work with Malala Fund will help the organisation focus on addressing the immediate and long-term implications of the pandemic on girls’ education. Its key priorities are to keep girls learning through school closures, re-enrol girls to catch up on missed lessons, support teachers with resources and training, strengthen the system against future crises and ensure girls’ physical and psychological wellbeing in the classroom.
“For so many, a new school year is synonymous with a fresh start, the excitement of reconnecting and forming new friendships, getting organised, working in beautiful new stationery and of course the incredible opportunity to learn, lead and grow. But the reality is, there are millions of people around the world who don’t have this opportunity. We’re so proud to partner with Malala Fund in a movement to help break down these barriers,” Kristina Karlsson.
“Malala and the impact her work has had on girls’ education already is such an incredible example of the power of dreaming big, and it’s an honour to partner with Malala Fund to continue to see Malala’s dream become a reality. There’s never been a new year more important to chase our dreams and make a positive impact on the world, so we’d love everyone to join us,” Kristina Karlsson
So, how can you join the movement?
Become an advocate for girls’ education and positive change.
Our kikki.K x Malala Fund Collection provides the perfect opportunity to join the movement in getting more girls to school. Adorned with a unique print – inspired by Malala’s interest in fashion – and powerful words from Malala herself, these gorgeous products are perfect to take into your everyday lives for school, work and beyond this year and help share our message and support Malala Fund. Shop our kikki.K x Malala Fund Collection online or in-store now.
Support Malala Fund In their quest for a world where every girl can learn and lead.
The fight for girls’ education won’t be won by girls alone. Sign up to learn how you (and everyone) can help support Malala Fund and receive the latest updates on their work at https://malala.org/
Learn more about girls’ education and individual’s stories from all over the world through Malala Fund’s Assembly
Assembly as a platform for girls and young women around the world to share their thoughts, challenges and accomplishments — and for all of us to learn about this new generation of leaders. The newsletter is published on the first and third Thursday of every month. Sign up now: https://assembly.malala.org/
Support Malala’s fight for girls’ education with a donation to Malala Fund
A donation today is an investment in Malala Fund programmes that help girls around the world go to school — from creating safe spaces for girls in northern Nigeria, to training young Pakistani women as activists and providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education to Syrian refugees. Find out more at: https://malala.org/donate
Start a fundraiser
Rally your friends and family to support Malala Fund’s work to see every girl in school. Find out more here: https://malala.org/fundraise
Read Malala’s book
Learn more about Malala’s story in her autobiography I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Grab your copy here
Show your support on social media using our gorgeous Story templates!
We’ve created some Story templates (examples below) for you to show your support. Head to our Instagram, @kikki.k click on our Story Highlights and screen grab the templates you love, fill out, tag your loved ones and share on your own Stories to spread awareness for girl’s education.
Most of all, we encourage everyone to embrace the opportunity of their education and become an advocate for girls’ education around the world. Support organisations like Malala Fund creating positive change in this area, talk about the inequality and injustices that exist with your loved ones, keep the conversation going – not just on International Day of Education, but beyond – so we can all continue to work towards a world where every girl has the opportunity to learn and lead. Remember, education is – and should be – for everyone.