Apple announced Sunday that it is partnering with Malala Fund, headed by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, to help expand the organization’s efforts to support girls’ education.

The fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education, a commendable goal given that an estimated 130 million girls are out of school.

Tim Cook said:

We believe that education is a great equalizing force and we share Malala Fund’s commitment to give every girl an opportunity to go to school. Malala is a courageous advocate for equality. She’s one of the most inspiring figures of our time and we are honored to help her extend the important work she is doing to empower girls around the world.

Apple’s involvement should help the organization double the number of grants awarded through their Gulmakai Network and extend funding programs to India and Latin America with the initial goal of extending secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.

Apple’s help will come in form of technology, curriculum and research into policy changes.

The fund’s Gulmakai Network currently supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria. Apple will become the fund’s first Laureate partner, the companies said.

Image top of post: Tim Cook and Malala Yousafzai outside the home of a family with daughters attending school in Beirut, Lebanon supported by Malala Fund.