Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai visited Syrian and Lebanese school students in Beirut with officials from the American giant tech company as they announced an agreement to boost support for girls education, according to a statement released Monday by Apple.
The company announced that it will help the Malala Fund, which helps offer free education and extended funding programs to girls in India and Latin America. Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai and Apple CEO Tim Cook met recently to discuss new plans to roll out major education initiatives around the world. The Nobel Peace Prize victor said, "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".
"Malala is a courageous advocate for equality", Cook went on. "We are honored to help [Yousafzai] extend the important work she is doing to empower girls around the world".
The fund has the goal of extending secondary-education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls worldwide. From countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria, the Malala Fund hopes to one day eradicate the hurdles in the way of an estimated 130 million girls who are out of school around the world.
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"My dream is for every girl to choose her own future", Yousafzai said in the release.
The Malala Fund has been working since 2013 in partnership with other organizations, the private sector and governments around the globe to help give young women access to their right to 12 years of free education.
Last week, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), in cooperation with the Malala Fund, donated US$700,000 to build a girls' school in Pakistan. Apple's involvement is expected to double the number of grants given to the Malala Fund, and increase their outreach on a global scale. While steps like these will be very helpful in providing girls quality education in good institutes and environment same as boys. Miraculously, Yousafzai survived a gunshot to the head while she was on a school bus headed home.
Malala became known around the world when she was named the youngest Nobel Peace Price victor in 2014.