Apple launched a new collaboration between its ten Apple Developer Academies in Brazil and Malala Fund to advance girls’ education opportunities. Malala Fund, as part of its new expansion into Latin America, works to provide safe, quality secondary education and opportunities for girls, and has recently offered grants to local advocates in Brazil. These advocates join Malala Fund’s network of Gulmakai champions, supporting the work of education champions in developing countries and speeds up progress towards girls’ secondary education around the world.
This challenge harnesses the creative side of these students and alumni in Brazil, allowing them to work with Malala Fund to design and develop apps that enhance education opportunities for girls. It also helps students find better ways to enable the fund’s network of Gulmakai champions around the world in order to share the best practices in a secure, controlled environment.
The young developers met Malala Yousafzai when she visited the students in order to explain the role the developers will be playing in order to support the fund’s mission to prov
ide education opportunities to girls across the globe. In January, Apple became Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner, allowing the organization to double the number of grants awarded by its Gulmakai Network as well as fund new programs in Latin America and India, with the program reaching out to more than 100,000 girls.
“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.”