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Apple and Malala Foundation invest in developer education in Brazil

If you have been following the recent news, you have certainly heard of the visit of Malala Yousafzai to Brazil. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, which has become an icon of the struggle for human rights and for female education in disadvantaged parts of the world, visited So Paulo, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro visiting projects, giving lectures and even celebrating her 21st birthday. years.

Now, her foundation is announcing an initiative to bring programming language teaching to a large number of women around Brazil, all in partnership with none other than Apple.

The undertaking involves the ten Apple Developer Academies spread across universities in nine cities in Brazil and consists of the creation of a series of projects, funded by Apple and implemented by the Malala Foundation, to stimulate the training of women in the world of programming language and creation applications that bring opportunities for students.

Adding this new initiative to all others carried out by Fundao around the world, the idea is to give at least 100,000 girls and women from various countries the tools to build a future in the area of ​​technology.

To start the work, Malala was today in the labs of the Apple Developer Academy installed at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), talking with students and explaining the role of developers for the success of the program. The activist stated:

My hope that every girl, from Rio to Riyadh, can be free to choose their future. It doesn't matter if she wants to be a developer, a pilot, a dancer or a politician, education is the best way to a bright future. With the help of Apple's application development student network, Fundao Malala will have access to new tools to support our mission to provide free, free and quality education. Apple Developer Academy students share my passion for improving the world around us and I look forward to seeing your innovative ideas helping girls in Brazil and around the world.

Malala at Apple Developer Academy in Brazil

In an interview with The globe, Lisa Jackson, vice president of environmental, policy and social initiatives at Apple, said that Brazil is the country that is receiving the most investment from Apple in the area of ​​education, adding that creativity is one of the main attractions of Latin America:

Today, Brazil has the largest program. Although there is rapid growth in other countries like Indonesia, Brazil is definitely the biggest for Apple. We value the country's creativity and that is why we are starting in Latin America. Our collaboration with Fundao Malala goes beyond financial support; we want to be able to allow the growth of this organization, with increased scale around the world, and that the community of developers is able to offer opportunities for the Malala Foundation and for women. The goal is for people to work to change policies and allow greater education for women.

Tim Cook, for his part, celebrated the news on Twitter:

We share Malala's belief that girls, no matter where they live, deserve access to safe and quality education. We are very excited to support the expansion of the Malala Foundation to Latin America. 🇧🇷

Fantastic, isn't it?