Malala Fund’s Girls’ Education and COVID-19 report estimates up to 10 million more girls could be out of secondary school when this pandemic is over. Girls living in refugee contexts are among the most at risk.
More than half of the 79.5 million people who are internally displaced or living as refugees are children. Forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution or natural disaster, refugee girls often experience years of insecurity.
Some never return to school. Girls are less than half as likely as boys to attend secondary school. The girls who do reenter often continue to face issues like child marriage, poverty, discrimination, language barriers or overwhelmed schools.
These problems are compounded when health and financial crises hit.
To assess how COVID-19 could impact refugee girls’ education, we applied the methodology used in developing our report to UNHCR’s latest data on refugee education.
In sampling the number of refugee girls attending secondary school in 10 countries that have quality gender disaggregated data (Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Turkey and Uganda), we estimate that half of all girls will not return when classrooms reopen.