Rihanna met today with France’s President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the critical issue of replenishment of a global education fund.
President Macron met with Rihanna and Global Citizen founder and CEO Hugh Evans. Rihanna was appointed the global ambassador for Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in 2016.
Also in the meeting were French first lady Brigitte Macron, Jay Brown, co-founder and CEO of Roc Nation and Justine Lucas, Executive Director of Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation.
Currently, 264 million children are out of school around the world, per latest figures from UNESCO. GPE is seeking to raise $2 billion (USD) in annual funding by 2020 to ensure quality and equitable education for all.
The meeting came about after Rihanna tweeted at Macron in June, asking if he would support education efforts. Earlier this week, his public schedule revealed he’d be meeting with the Grammy-winning artist.
This isn’t the first time Rihanna has used Twitter to convince world leaders to support GPE. Last year, she tweeted at Macron’s predecessor, President Francois Hollande. That effort led to a $2 million (USD) commitment by France to Education Cannot Wait.
The singer/songwriter visited Malawi earlier this year with Evans and GPE Board Chair Julia Gillard to see first-hand the challenges facing countries with few resources for education.
“I’m really here to see it,” Rihanna said at the time. “It’s one thing to read statistics, but I want to see it firsthand, and find out all that can be done and where to start first.”
Global Citizen campaigns and the advocacy efforts championed by Rihanna are critical to the Global Partnership for Education’s efforts to tackle these challenges.
Rihanna headlined the Global Citizen Festival in New York City last year, performing in Central Park in front of 60,000 global citizens, who all took actions to earn a pair of tickets.
The festival returns to Central Park this year on Sept. 23.