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Apple teams with Malala Fund to support girls’ education

Jan 22. 2018
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By The Nation

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Apple and Malala Fund on Monday announced that the US tech giant would become the fund’s first Laureate partner, enabling a significant expansion of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s effort to support girls’ education and advocate for equal opportunity.

Under her leadership, 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 and extend funding programmes to India and Latin America with the initial goal of extending secondary-education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.

Apple will help Malala Fund scale its organisation 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 chief executive officer, will also join the Malala Fund leadership council.

“My dream is for every girl to choose her own future,” Malala said.

“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,” she added.

“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,” Cook said.

“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,” the CEO added.

Since 2013, Malala Fund has been working in partnership with other organisations, the private sector and governments around the world to realise every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

The Gulmakai Network currently supports programmes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria.

With an estimated 130 million girls out of school, the importance of the work of the fund and its network is increasingly essential.

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