Apple today announced a new collaboration between its Apple Developer Academies in Brazil and the Malala Fund to further advance education opportunities for girls.
Apple became the Malala Fund's first Laureate partner in January 2018. The Malala Fund, led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, advocates for quality education and equal opportunity for girls around the world.
Through its expanded partnership with Apple, the Malala Fund will "harness the creativity and ingenuity" of Apple Developer Academy students and alumni in Brazil, providing them with the opportunity to work with the Malala Fund to design and develop apps aimed at furthering the Fund's goals.
Developers at the Apple Developer Academy in Rio met with Malala Yousafzai on Friday, where she said that with Apple's help, the Malala Fund will gain new tools to support its mission to empower girls, teachers, and policy makers through skill development, education advocacy, and school enrollment.
"My hope is that every girl, from Rio to Riyadh, can be free to choose her own future," said Malala Yousafzai. "Whether she wants to be a developer, a pilot, a dancer or a politician, education is the best path to a brighter future. By tapping into Apple's network of student developers, Malala Fund will gain access to new tools to support our mission of free, safe, quality education. The students in Apple's Developer Academy program share my passion for improving the world around us, and I am eager to see their innovative ideas to help girls in Brazil and across the globe."
Apple CEO Tim Cook also said that the company is "thrilled" to further its partnership with Malala Fund.
"We share Malala's goal of getting more girls into quality education and are thrilled to be deepening our partnership with Malala Fund by mobilizing thousands of Apple Developer Academy students and alumni across Brazil," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "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."
Since it launched in 2013, more than 3,000 students have participated in the Apple Developer Academy program in Brazil, with another 500 currently enrolled. Apple has 10 sites in Brazil in Brasilia, Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
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