Apple has tied up with Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yusafzai as the IT major will be collaborating with Malala Fund through its 10 Apple Developer Academies in Brazil for furthering opportunities for girls’ education.
The Malala Fund is engaged in offering safe, quality secondary education and opportunities for girls and is now expanding into Latin America. The fund has also offered grants to local advocates in Brazil. Projects across the country designed to empower girls, teachers and policymakers would be implemented by the advocates who would join the Malala Fund’s network of Gulmakai champions. They would aid in skills development, school enrollment efforts and education advocacy.
Apple Developer Academy students and alumni in Brazil would be given an opportunity to enhance this creativity and ingenuity through their chance for working with the Malala Fund for designing and development of apps that increase the opportunities for girl education.
Challenges within their communities is solved through the development of apps by the students of the Apple Developer Academy.
Malala Yousafzai on Friday met up with the young students at the Apple Developer Academy in Rio where she explained the importance of the part that would be played by the developers for taking forward the mission of the fund to give opportunities for education to girls throughout the world.
“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.”
“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.”
There is a passion among the students in the Apple Developer Academy in relation to the use of their skills for supporting of their communities, said Beatriz Magalhães, a former Apple Developer Academy student who is now a design teacher. She said that the latest challenge put forward to such students will provide them with the opportunity to create a significant difference in the world.
The Apple Developer Academy program in Brazil has seen over 3000 students passing out since 2013. There is an additional 500 students who are currently enrolled in 10 sites located in Brasilia, Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
(Adapted from Apple.com)