Apple becomes Laureate partner for the Malala Fund


She co-founded the Malala Fund with her father, which supports 12 years of free, safe, and quality education for every girl.

Activist Malala Yousafzai's charity is getting a major investment from Apple. Lebanon is one of the countries Malala will be targeting under the charitable program. They targeted her because she repeatedly spoke about the challenges of trying to attain a good education.

Apple announced Sunday that the company will partner with Malala Fund to expand the fund's support for girls' education in Latin America and the Middle East. With Apple's support, the Fund is aiming to double the number of grants it offers and extend its funding programs to India and Latin America.

The initial goal is to provide more than 100,000 girls with secondary education opportunities.

"Malala is a courageous advocate for equality", Cook went on. The organisation estimates that over 130 million girls are out of school. "...this is a bold ambition", he said.

Since then, Yousafzai has continued to advocate for girls' access to education.

"My dream is for every girl to choose her own future", Yousafzai said in a statement.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai visit with Lebanese and Syrian students in Beirut, Lebanon.

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"Through both their innovations and philanthropy, Apple has helped educate and empower people around the world", said Yousafzai in a statement. The fund's Gulmakai Network now supports education programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Nigeria.

Worldwide, there are several threats to girls' education, like poverty, war and gender discrimination.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it was a privilege to support her work. "We started talking and it became so clear that the values we share were so aligned".

Update: Tim Cook has retweeted a link to an ABC News piece on the partnership.

"I really wanted us to work together because Apple has expertise: they are expert in tech, they have resources and they have unbelievable and incredible people".

Yousafzai survived a Taliban assassination attempt when she was 15 after championing girls' rights to education.

On 9 October 2012, a gunman boarded her school bus, asked for her by name and shot her in the head.