Singer and songwriter Rihanna has joined a campaign to ensure that girls and boys in the world’s poorest countries get quality education.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced Friday a multi-year partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and international advocacy group Global Citizen.
The partnership will advocate for the rights of the over quarter of a billion children and young people who are not in school today and an estimated 330 million who are in school but not learning.
Operating across more than 60 developing countries to ensure that every child receives quality education, the partnership will prioritize the poorest and most vulnerable, including girls and children affected by conflict and crisis.
In her new role as GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna will encourage world leaders and policymakers to boost their support for global education and education in emergencies through the Global Partnership for Education, a global organization focused on improving education in the world’s poorest countries.
The announcement comes the same week as a group of influential leaders from all continents called on the world to invest more and better in education, particularly in the world’s poorest countries.
The report of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity presents compelling new data and analysis and makes the case for urgent action to ensure education is the foundation for a world that is prosperous, peaceful, equitable and future-ready.
“I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of quality education,” Rihanna said.
The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) is dedicated to providing education opportunities to young people. CLF was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.