Rihanna Is Giving Bikes To Girls In Malawi To Help Them Get To School
She also met with the President of France to help raise funds for education.
Rihanna is hugely passionate about her humanitarian work and she’s doing everything in her power to ensure that all children have access to education, regardless of race or gender.
The Anti singer has been working closely with Global Partnership, an organisation that supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritising the poorest and most vulnerable – and her latest initiative is really inspiring.
Through the Clara Lionel Foundation, a charity she set up in 2012, and Ofo, a Beijing-based bike-share initiative, Rihanna is helping young girls in Malawi get to school.
We are thrilled to join forces with @ofobicycle, the world’s leading bike-sharing platform, for a five-year partnership in support of our Global Scholarship Program and quality education for hundreds of girls in Malawi! We can't wait to share more about this exciting new initiative in the months ahead. #CLF #GlobalScholarshipProgram ?: Dennis Leupold
The partnership will help to raise funds for scholarships, as well as bikes, over the next five years. “It will help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” she said.
Only 8 per cent of children in the East African country complete their secondary level education, with the drop-out rate measuring particularly high among girls, partly due to transportation difficulties.
While on a trip to Malawi in January this year, the 29-year-old said, “It’s such a pity that they have to drop out, because they are so smart. It’s sad that has to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete.”
The singer has been calling on world leaders to help her raise money and awareness for the cause, and she met with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, just last week to discuss their plans for funding global education.
still can't believe how incredible yesterday was! I am tremendously impressed and inspired by how committed President @emmanuelmacron and Madame First Lady Brigitte Macron both are to making a global impact on education! It was quite an honor to meet and discuss our plans for the near future! @claralionelfdn #CLF #GPE #GlobalCitizen
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