In London, Apple today announced that it will become the first Laureate partner in Malala Fund that focuses on supporting girl’s education and advocating equal opportunity. This fund is led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, to provide every girl with 12 years of free, safe, quality education.
Malala Fund expects twice the growth in the number of grants awarded by its Gulmakai Network and extend these programs to India, Latin America with the initial aim of improving secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.
Apple aims at scaling Malala Fund by assisting with technology, curriculum and putting in research that would help every girl to attend school and complete their education. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, will also join the Malala Fund leadership council.
“My dream is for every girl to choose her own future,” said Malala Yousafzai. “Through both their innovations and philanthropy, Apple has helped educate and empower people around the world. I am grateful that Apple knows the value of investing in girls and is joining Malala Fund in the fight to ensure all girls can learn and lead without fear.”
“We believe that education is a great equalizing force, and we share Malala Fund’s commitment to give every girl an opportunity to go to school,” said Tim Cook. “Malala is a courageous advocate for equality. She’s one of the most inspiring figures of our time, and we are honored to help her extend the important work she is doing to empower girls around the world.”
Since 2013, Malala Fund has been working with governments, private sectors and other organizations to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. The fund’s Gulmakai Network currently supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria. The importance of their work is increasingly essential,with an estimated 130 million girls out of school.