Kevin Marjoribanks Memorial Lecture: The Importance of Girls’ Education – The University of Adelaide

5pm to 6:30pm
Bonython Hall, North Terrace campus
Join The University of Adelaide for for the Marjoribanks Oration. This event is free and open to the public. The lecture will be given by Mr Ziauddin Yousafzai on ‘The Importance of Girls’ Education: A Fathers’ Perspective.’

Worldwide 129 million girls are out of school and only 49% of countries have achieved gender parity in education. The opportunity for girls to have an education is paramount.

We know that investing in girls’ education transforms families, communities and societies. It strengthens economies and reduces inequality. Investment in girls’ education results in less child mortality, less maternal mortality, child marriage rates decline, the lifetime earnings of girls dramatically increase, and national growth rates rise.

Education is a key pathway to equality. And equality of opportunity underpins this. We need to talk about the importance of girls’ education for social equality. Imperative is paternal support. Come and hear from one father who raised his head above the parapet to fight for equality of opportunity for his daughter.

The Presenter


Mr Ziauddin Yousafzai, is an educational activist and teacher. He believes in the importance of girls’ education. He started his own school in Pakistan to include teaching girls. After the Talibanisation of the region where they lived, his daughter Malala (Nobel Prize winner, 2014) took a stand beside him to fight for the education rights of girls. Mr Yousafzai is known globally for his commitment to peace and his ongoing efforts for the educational rights of girls in Pakistan and beyond.  He is co-founder of the Malala Foundation with his daughter.