Philanthropist Rihanna is fast-becoming our favourite kind of Rihanna. Among all her other laudable career moves, RiRi still manages to make time to advocate for the education of girl children in underprivileged countries. Following her 2017 meeting with French president and First Lady, Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron, where she lobbied President Macron to support funding for girls’ education in underprivileged countries, Rihanna and Macron finally sealed the $250-million deal with a hug at a conference in Dakar, Senegal this month.

The singer and the president had exchanged tweets before the conference, getting followers further invested in RiRi’s philanthropic journey, as she ended her tweet to Macron with the question, ‘Will France pledge €250M for @GPforEducation tomorrow?’


And it would appear that Macron is a president of his word:

The GPE’s Global Ambassador’s speech at the conference in Senegal was sincere, succinct, and not to be dramatic or anything, but even slightly presidential.

‘We’ve made tremendous progress today but of course, our work is never done. We have a long way to go and this is a fight that we’re never gonna stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education,’ she said on the podium.

As the Global Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Rihanna has been committed to the fight to educate girls in developing parts of the world. Earlier in February, the Australian government fulfilled the Barbadian singer’s Twitter plea to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for a donation towards her cause within a matter of a few hours.

Bishop announced the Australian government’s $90-million pledge in the following statement: ‘This pledge forms part of Australia’s commitment to ensuring more children, particularly girls and children with disabilities, participate in school for longer and acquire the skills they need to build their future.’

Last year Rihanna travelled with Global Citizen to Malawi – an experience which further kindled her passion for this worthy cause, having witnessed the dire conditions in which teachers have to work. And ever since this visit, Rihanna has prioritised meeting fundraising goals set by the GPE.

It looks like we’ll be seeing Rihanna in suits more often this year, as she continues to make sure that more children get an education.