London — Apple and Malala Fund today announced that Apple will become the fund’s first Laureate partner, enabling a significant expansion of Malala’s effort to support girls’ education and advocate for equal opportunity. Led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.
With Apple’s support, Malala Fund expects to double the number of grants awarded by its Gulmakai Network and extend funding programs to India and Latin America with the initial goal of extending secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met in Beirut, Lebanon over the weekend to announce a partnership between Apple and the Malala Fund.
I am grateful to my friend Tim and @Apple for investing in our dream of a world where every girl can choose her own future. Together we will support the incredible girls we met in Beirut and millions like them around the world. https://t.co/nMm8aOuQVy
— Malala (@Malala) January 22, 2018
Apple will help Malala Fund scale its organization by assisting with technology, curriculum, and research into policy changes needed to help girls everywhere 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.”
Malala Yousafzai discussing the importance of girls’ education. – Photo by APPLE“We believe that education is a great equalizing force, and we share Malala Fund’s commitment to giving
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.”
Girls outside a refugee school in Lebanon, built by Malala Fund. (Credit: Karen Kasmauski) – Photo by APPLE
Since 2013, Malala Fund has been working in partnership with other organizations, the private sector, and governments around the world to realize 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.
With an estimated 130 million girls out of school, the importance of their work is increasingly essential.