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Malala Yousafzai‬, Apple Team Up to Help 100,000 Girls Go to School

Malala Yousafzai‬, Apple Team Up to Help 100,000 Girls Go to School
Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize 2014 laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks during a meeting with students of the Telmex-Telcel Foundation at the National Auditorium in Mexico City on Sept. 01, 2017. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 05:43 PM

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is partnering with Apple to help 100,000 girls get a primary school education in countries such as Lebanon, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.

Yousafzai met with Apple CEO Tim Cook last October at Oxford where she is a student and planted the seed for the partnership, Business Insider reported. The initiative will use Apple’s resources and know-how and the Malala Fund’s reach to accomplish the goal.

Cook and Yousafzai met in Beirut to discuss the partnership with The Independent and announce the initiative. Cook said he was impressed with Yousafzai’s vision and wanted to help her bring it to fruition.

Cook pointed to Apple’s 40 years serving the education market as an asset to the partnership along with expertise in scaling and in international business.

Yousafzai acknowledged the 130 million girls around the world who aren’t being educated and said she would like to expand the Gulmakai champions or local advocates supporting students from six to 11 countries with support from Apple, The Independent reported. 

“Many of the champions who are supporting them are using technology and finding new ways to make it easier for girls to have access to education whether it’s e-learning or getting STEM skills. So I’m really just hopeful that we can reach as many young girls and as many young advocates as possible,” Yousafzai told The Independent.

In Nigeria, Yousafzai notes, the advocates are pushing for the government to declare 12 years of education a requirement for all children instead of the current nine years. Some of the advocates are actually teaching children in local communities as well as their work with local and national leaders, she told The Independent. 

Twitter users supported Malala and the initiative.

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