Apple will become the first Laureate partner for the Malala Fund. In doing so, the iPhone maker hopes to extend secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls around the world.
Led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, the Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. With Apple’s support, the fund expects to double the number of grants awarded by its Gulmakai Network in India and Latin America.
According to Yousafzai:
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.
Apple CEO Tim Cook explains:
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. 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.
First started in 2013, the Malala Fund works in partnership with other organizations, the private sector, and governments around the world. The fund’s Gulmakai Network current supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Nigeria.