Apple makes significant investment in Malala’s education fund

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai visit with Lebanese and Syrian students in Beirut. Apple will become The Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner, enabling a significant expansion of Malala’s effort to support girls‘ education and advocate for equal opportunity. The Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.(Photo: Brooks Kraft, Brooks Kraft/Apple)


SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Sunday announced it would make a significant investment in the Malala Fund, a charity that helps girls worldwide gain access to education.

The fund was created by Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban when she was 15 for advocating education for girls in her native Pakistan. 

She went on to found the Malala Fund, which says it works for the right of every girl to have access to 12 years of free, safe and quality education. Yousafzai is scheduled to speak at the upcoming World Economic forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Apple will become the fund’s first Laureate partner and Apple said that its support would allow the fund to double the number of grants it awards and to extend funding to programs in India and Latin America.

Apple did not reveal how much money it was pledging to the organization.

The fund’s Gulmakai Network currently supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria.

The initial goal is to extend secondary educational opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.

Yousafzai met with Apple CEO Tim Cook in Beirut on Saturday where they talked with students and visited the home of three girls.

Apple will support the Fund with money, but more importantly its expertise in technology and education and its ability to scale small projects up, the company said.

Cook will also join the Malala Fund leadership council.

“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,” Yousafzai said in a statement.

“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,” Cook said in a statement.

Apple and other Silicon Valley firms have been  criticized because they are so heavily male. A showed that 81% of Apple‘s senior officials are men. 

A third — 33% — of its global workforce and 23% of its technical staffers are women, according to Apple‘s estimates.

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