Apple launches new Latin America collaboration to advance girls’ educational opportunities

Apple has launched a new collaboration between its 10 Apple Developer Academies in Brazil and Malala Fund to advance girls’ education opportunities. 

As part of its new expansion into Latin America, the Malala Fund — which works to provide safe, quality secondary education and opportunities for girls — has also offered grants to local advocates in Brazil. The advocates join Malala Fund’s network of Gulmakai champions and will implement projects across the country designed to empower girls, teachers and policymakers through skills development, school enrollment efforts and education advocacy.

  Malala Yousafzai visits the Apple Developer Academy in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, meeting with students who are learning to build apps. -- Photo courtesy of Apple

Malala Yousafzai visits the Apple Developer Academy in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, meeting with students who are learning to build apps. -- Photo courtesy of Apple

Apple says the challenge will harness the creativity and ingenuity of Apple Developer Academy students and alumni in Brazil, giving them the opportunity to work with Malala Fund to design and develop apps that enhance education opportunities for girls. The challenge will also encourage students to find ways to better enable Malala Fund’s network of Gulmakai champions around the world to communicate and share best practices in a secure environment.

The young developers at the Apple Developer Academy in Rio met Malala Yousafzai on Friday when she visited the students and explained the important role the developers will play in supporting the fund’s mission to provide education opportunities to girls across the globe.

Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She’s known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become "the most prominent citizen" of the country

“My hope is that every girl, from Rio to Riyadh, can be free to choose her own future,” says 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.”

In January, Apple became Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner, enabling the organization to double the number of grants awarded by its Gulmakai Network and fund new programs in Latin America and India, with the initial goal of extending secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.

Since 2013, more than 3,000 students have gone through the Apple Developer Academy program in Brazil, with another 500 currently enrolled in 10 sites located in Brasilia, Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Seventy-five students from Brazil attended this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, California, as scholarship winners.