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Rihanna calls out world leaders on Twitter asking them to ‘commit’ to funding education for children in developing countries

EDUCATION FIRST: Rihanna

RIHANNA USED her Twitter platform to call out world leaders on the subject of education and funding.

Starting with Mauricio Macri, the President of Argentina, and then moving on to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has previously proven amenable to social justice initiatives and policy reform, and then French President Emmanuel Macron, she’s asked them all where education sat on their agenda and what plans they had for funding it in the future.

“hey there @mauriciomacri, what’s your plan for Argentina to commit to #FundEducation? 🇦🇷,” she tweeted Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri.

Her tweets came after she asked fans, affectionately known as ‘The Navy’, to “demand that #G20 leaders agree to support” Global Partnership, a charity that supports over 60 developing countries to ensure that every child revives a quality education.

She wrote: “Hey Navy – step up w/ me and be a @GlblCtzn ! Demand that #G20 leaders agree in July to 🆙 support 4 @GPforEducation.”

In March, Rihanna was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award at Harvard.

The Barbados-born songstress was recognised for her work in building a breast cancer centre in her Caribbean hometown and with various charities, including the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), which she launched in 2012.

Last September, her Clara Lionel Foundation partnered with the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen on an initiative designed to promote access to education for children across the globe.

“Working together, I know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally,” Rihanna said in a statement about the program at the time.

She visited Malawi in January, as part of the drive and met with educators, government officials, and mentors while promoting the benefits of education.

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