For singer and actress Rihanna, life is so much more than Grammy Award shows and red carpet premieres. In the past few years, the performer has been looking for ways to enhance the world – beyond her amazing talent. Taking on the role of humanitarian, Rihanna has recently sought ways to improve education for the world’s youth.
On Wednesday, July 26, Rihanna met with French president Emmanuel Macron, and first lady Brigitte Macron, to discuss ways to improve education on a global scale. The three seem to have agreed on a common goal of global education enhancement during their meeting in Paris.
Rihanna also took to Twitter to state, “Thank you Mr. President… and Madame First Lady for the incredible meeting and passion for global and girls education!”
After the meeting, Rihanna told journalists, “we focused on the topic of education from global aspects, and we will make a very big announcement this coming September.” With all of Rihanna’s efforts, the millions of children, who are not receiving a suitable education, may finally have a proper chance to learn.
President Macron is not the first world leader Rihanna has approached about her plans and goals. According to NBC News, Rihanna’s call to action has beckoned the responses of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany’s government spokesman Steffen Seibert, and Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri.
“Education is in the central core of our political aims. Only education can change the world,” said President Macri in response to Rihanna.
Beyond speaking with leaders across the world, Rihanna has also taken action on her own to give people the opportunity to receive a quality education. In 2012, the singer founded the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization that fights for the basic rights of education and health.
According to the foundation, “In the fight against injustice, inequality, and poverty, access to education and health is our most powerful weapon… And it’s time to act.”
As a native of Barbados, Rihanna is particularly concerned with helping the people on her island get access to education. In addition to Barbados, the foundation supports the people of Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica by providing a scholarship opportunity to attend a university in the US.
The Clara Lionel Foundation aims to “support and fund innovative and effective education and health programs around the world. And with the voices of Rihanna, her Navy, and people like you, we advocate improving the quality of life for young people everywhere.”
Rihanna has been making immense efforts to help children in all parts of the world receive an education, and her kind acts have not gone unnoticed. “Her work in education and other charitable causes led to her being named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
Rihanna has been putting in a lot of work (work, work, work, work) to ensure that future generations can be well-prepared to take on the world through quality educational backgrounds. With her help, and the action of world leaders, future generations may have a better chance to thrive.
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