In spite of a religious group in Senegal claiming that Rihanna was not welcomed to their country, the pop singer was there for a conference where she teamed up with French President Emmanuel Macron to improve education in developing nations.
The pair met in Senegal last week at the Global Partnership for Education conference, a gathering that included World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and the leaders of several African nations, according to ABC News.Rihanna appeared on behalf of her Clara Lionel foundation, which works in impoverished nations to provide health care and education programs. The Barbados-born singer serves as the group’s global ambassador.
“Our work is never done,” Rihanna told the audience. “This is a fight that we are never going to stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education.”The conference is held to raise funds for education in impoverished nations. During the conference, Macron pledged that France would contribute $248 million to the fund, and called on other world leaders to donate as well.
“Supporting education is not a choice we can make or not make, it is a necessity,” Macron told the conference.
🇬🇧 Hello @theresa_may and @PennyMordaunt, please continue to prioritize girls’ education and be a top funder of @GPforEducation. Will @DFID_UK make a historic commitment of £380M to #FundEducation tomorrow? ✏️ @claralionelfdn @glblctzn— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 1, 2018
hi @JulieBishopMP & @TurnbullMalcolm will you step up w/ a 🇦🇺 $200M pledge to #FundEducation at the @GPforEducation conference in Senegal tomorrow? Kick off your 1st year on the #HumanRightsCouncil by giving the universal human right to education! 📚🌏 @claralionelfdn @glblctzn— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 1, 2018