Apple partners with the Malala Fund to support girls’ education in poor or distressed countries. The Malala Fund aims to help girls in developing countries get quality education. With the help of Apple, the fund plans to double the number of grants through its Gulmakai network and launch new funding programs in India and Latin America. The aim is to extend secondary education to more than 100,000 girls. Apple will help the fund not only with economic subsidies, but also with the provision of technological devices and specialized personnel.
“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.”
Currently, the Malala Fund operates in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and in countries where there are Syrian refugees, such as Lebanon and Jordan. With the help of Apple, the program will also be extended to Latin America.
Apple will also help the Malala Fund to change the size of its organization by supporting it with technology, curricula and research towards policy changes needed to help girls everywhere to attend school and complete their education
The fund was created by Malala Yousafzai and her father. In 2012, the Taliban tried to assassinate Yousafzai when he was only 15 years old, because the girl had tried to get access to schools and a good education. Yousafzai miraculously survived a blow to the head as he was returning home on a normal school bus. Since then, Yousafzai has continued to defend girls’ access to education more and more. In 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
“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.”
Since 2013, the Malala Fund has collaborated with other organizations, the private sector and governments around the world to make every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe and quality education a reality. The Gulmakai Network of the Fund currently supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria.
It is estimated that 130 million girls do not attend school, so the importance of their work is increasingly essential.