Rihanna Helps Raise $2.3 Billion for Global Education

Marsha Scott
February 4, 2018

Pop singer Rihanna is teaming up with French President Emmanuel Macron to improve education in developing nations.

"This is a fight that we are never going to stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education", said Rihanna.

At ease with the African heads of state gathered onstage, Rihanna put her arm around Malian leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and joked around with Senegal's President Sall.

Rihanna also took to Twitter to implore world leaders to invest in public education.

The goal of the conference is to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education in the poorest of nations. She called for the U.K.to pledge £380 million ($542 million), Australia to contribute AUD$200 million ($160 million) and France to pitch in €250 million ($312 million) by end of business today.

It is not the first time the young French leader and the singer of "Umbrella" fame have met: she visited the Elysee Palace in July after tweeting him on the same issue.

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On Thursday, Rihanna used her 86 million Twitter followers to urge the Australian and United Kingdom governments to commit to ensuring education for the world's poorest ahead of an global conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Rihanna, who funds schools in impoverished countries via her Clara Lionel Foundation, is an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education, which is headed by Australia's former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Macron, traveling with his wife, Brigitte, later will visit French forces serving with the G5 Sahel, a five-nation regional force launched a year ago to counter growing extremism in West Africa.

"I would like to thank President Macron for having me".

Jeune Afrique quotes Senegal's interior minister as saying he will ensure the safety of all conference attendees.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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