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Rihanna Talks Education With French President Macron

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Grace Carr Reporter

Pop star Rihanna met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss global education, with a special focus on girls’ education.

The pair discussed both the Global Citizen campaign, a social action platform to encourage the spread of education, and the Clara Lionel Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the pop singer, according to NBC News. The foundation’s goal is to provide “innovative and effective education and health ​programs around the world.” It provides scholarships to citizens of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica that would like to study in the U.S. but don’t have the financial means to do so.

“Without immediate action, half of the upcoming youth generation will not be able to take their place in tomorrow’s economy,” GPE board chair Julia Gillard said.

Rihanna is also the ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and has asked other countries — including Canada, Argentina and Germany — to fund global education efforts. The Global Partnership for Education seeks to raise 2 billion dollars by 2020.

“We focused on the topic of education from global aspects, and we will make a very big announcement this coming September,” Rihanna told reporters as she left the Parisian Elysee Palace, according to Reuters.

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