When she’s not recording, performing or collaborating with the shoe designers at Puma on coveted new kicks, Rihanna has regularly turned to philanthropy, such as her recent visit to Malawi on behalf of Global Citizen and her own Clara Lionel Foundation, which she founded to combat injustice, inequality and poverty by increasing access to education and health.
Earlier this year, the “Diamonds” singer accompanied Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans and Julia Gillard (former Prime Minister of Australia and Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education) on a visit to Malawi, where she gained a firsthand look at the state of education in the African nation.
This fascinating video (above), showcases highlights from that trip, which included meeting with the nation’s policymakers and a visit to a Malawi school, where she helped students solve math equations on a chalkboard. In addition, Rihanna met with key educators, Malawi’s President and Minister of Education, mentors, and students who are working together to build a better future for the next generation of Malawians.
Rihanna’s visit to Malawi coincides with Global Citizen’s campaign calling for world leaders to commit a much-needed $3.1 billion dollars to global education; these funds would help GPE bring quality education to more than 870 million children in 89 different countries between 2018 and 2020.
Here at home, Gillard will be hosting an event with policymakers in Ottawa, calling for Canadian leaders to increase their commitment to global education ahead of the G20 summit, to be held on July 7-8 in Hamburg, Germany.
“In 2016, Rihanna formed a partnership with GPE, the only global fund exclusively focused on education in developing countries and international advocacy organization Global Citizen to tackle the global education crisis through advocacy,” notes the announcement. “In the lead up to headlining the annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, she called on her fans to ask their governments to increase their commitments to education in emergencies. In response, Canada pledged to invest $20 million to the Education Cannot Wait fund, with France committing a further $2 million.”
Visit globalcitizen.org/gpe to take action to support this campaign.