University of Chicago graduate Joann Baney is an associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Joann Baney also supports girls’ education worldwide through the Malala Fund.
The Malala Fund is an organization founded by Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai and aimed at enabling young girls to finish 12 years of basic education in order for them to achieve their potential and exert a greater influence in their respective communities.
Many stumbling blocks may impede a girl from receiving education. In some cases, extreme poverty can force a family to remove a girl from her schooling and seek to enter her into marriage immediately. In other cases, certain traditions forbid girls to receive any kind of education. In more than 70 countries, girls’ education is opposed and sometimes met with violence. In other circumstances, there simply aren’t any sufficient schools to meet the educational needs of the community.
Whatever the reasons are, the effects are far-reaching. There are currently over 60 million girls out of school today. To find out how you can support Malala’s vision for all out-of-school girls in the world today, visit http://www.Malala.org for more information.