Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2018 — Earlier this month, Apple has announced their brand-new partnership with the Malala Fund. The mission of Malala Yousafzai’s fund is to provide access to high-quality education to girls, and this new partnership aims to enhance its efforts in the region.
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The students and alumni of the Brazilian Apple Developer’s Academy will be the primary active participants in the collaboration. Primarily, it would involve designing and developing apps that would facilitate access to education for girls. Malala Yousafzai herself stated that by tapping into Apple’s network of student developers, the Malala Fund will gain access to new tools to support their mission of free, safe, quality education.
Indeed, the innovation in the education sector appears to be one of Apple’s priorities, according to the CEO, Tim Cook. “Apple has been committed to education since day one, and we can’t wait to see what our creative student developers come up with to help Malala Fund make a difference for girls around the world,” he said.
This is not the first partnership between Apple and the Malala Fund. Earlier this year, the company announced their joint mission to get 100,000 girls into education in Turkey Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Nigeria, with the help of the Gulmakai Network. Brazil is the next country where this initiative of the fund will work on ensuring that as many girls get an education as possible. The advocates of the network would receive grants as a result of the Apple collaboration. The activists intend to launch and run projects across Brazil for empowering young women and teachers towards access to education and skills development.
Malala Yousafzai herself recently visited one of the schools in Rio and challenged the students to develop apps of their own, that would then be adopted by the Malala Fund. “It really is an amazing part of the partnership that goes beyond the classic donation of money and really goes to the heart of what Apple is about, to empower a person, giving any person the tools to pursue their passion”, said Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple.
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Sources: Apple Newsroom / Peter Cao (9to5mac) / David Phelan (The Independent, and Forbes) / Malala Fund press release