Apple, Malala Fund team up to support girls in education
The fund’s Gulmakai Network currently supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria
Apple has joined forces with Malala Fund to support and encourage girls' education, marking Apple as the fund's first Laureate partner.
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. Additionally, Apple will aid Malala Fund by assisting with technology, curriculum, and research into policy changes required to help girls everywhere.
"We believe that education is a great equalising force, and we share Malala Fund's commitment to give every girl an opportunity to go to school," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Malala is a courageous advocate for equality. She's one of the most inspiring figures of our time, and we are honoured to help her extend the important work she is doing to empower girls around the world."
Malala Yousafzai added: "My dream is for every girl to choose her own future. 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."
Since Yousafzai's attempted assassination by the Taliban in 2012, she has continued to fight for girls' rights to education. The fund was founded by Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin and it aims to champion every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.