At the end of 2019, Redes da Maré established a partnership with the Malala Fund so that, together, we could guarantee education for all girls in Maré. From the affinity between the two institutions, the project 'Every Girl at School' was born. The strength of Malala Fund, added to the educational vocation of Redes da Maré, aims to expand the right to quality and free education for more than 8,500 girls, between 11 and 17 years old, residing in Maré. We also aim to focus on public policies that guarantee compliance with the proposed measures. The project is expected to last three years and started in April 2020.


With the pandemic and the consequent need to suspend classroom activities in schools, the initial milestone of the project was a survey in the territory to learn more about the impacts of Covid-19 on girls' studies. Through online questionnaires and field research, obstacles were identified in their educational trajectories. The survey was attended by more than a thousand girls and women from Maré, from 6 years of age.





Through information from different sources or spontaneous searches, home visits are made to find girls who are not studying or who have low school attendance.


After contacting families and identifying the reasons for girls' infrequency and dropout, solutions are sought for reintegration into schools, through local networks and public facilities for education, health and / or social assistance.


Promote the articulation between the state and municipal education networks; strengthen the discussion of gender at schools of Maré; contribute to the search for alternatives to replace classes lost due to armed conflicts; stimulate intersectoral articulation, especially between public facilities for education, social assistance and health.


The initiative seeks to expand the right to education for approximately 8,589 girls between 11 and 17 years old, residing in Maré. It is intended, in addition to the identification of girls outside the school environment, to promote their reception and reintegration into schools. Considering some factors, such as the low number of schools from the 6th to the 9th grade, the high dropout rate from high school, the distortion by age and the limited discussion of gender in public schools, the project has 3 main objectives: to guarantee the constitutional right to a public, free and quality education for all in school age; to conduct an active search of the priority public; to articulate public institutions from different areas to fully comply with the legislation.


Malala Fund is an international, non-profit organization that supports initiatives so that all girls can have access to 12 years of free, safe and quality education. It was founded in 2013 by Malala Yousafzai, a female education activist and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. The fund operates in eight countries: Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. In Brazil, it supports seven institutions in the states of Pernambuco, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, including Redes da Maré.


Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist. She was the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Prize, and is known primarily for defending women's human rights and access to education. In 2013, Malala was on the cover of Time magazine and considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In the same year, Malala spoke at the United Nations headquarters, calling for universal access to education.




Andreia Martins e Kelly Marques



Alessandra Pinheiro
Elza Souza
Maria Daiane Alves
Claudia Martins
Ana Claudia Brito
Zeneida Duarte
Edilene Rodrigues
Doralice Soares



Fundo Malala 


Credit photos: Yasmin Velloso / Fundo Malala