Apple and Malala Fund led by the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai have announced their partnership which will enable a significant expansion of Malala’s effort to support girls’ education and advocate for equal opportunity.
Apple Inc. led by Tim Cook will become Malala Fund’s first laureate partner. It 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. Cook will also join the Malala Fund leadership council.
Founded by Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, the Fund aims to empower young girls and help them access the quality education they deserve.
With Apple’s support, Malala Fund expects to double the number of grants awarded by its “Gulmakai Network”, which currently supports programmes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Nigeria, reports Apple Newsroom.
Gulmakai Network also aims to extend its funding programs to India and Latin America with the initial goal of extending secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.
Since 2013, the firm 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.
“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 Cook who first met Malala in Oxford in October last year.
“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, ” he added.
Malala said that she is 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.