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A bigger umbrella: Rihanna promotes education for all

A bigger umbrella: Rihanna promotes education for all

Rihanna has been pushing for responses from world leaders on Twitter as part of her push to raise awareness for charity the Global Partnership for Education. And she has been getting them.

The pop star from Barbados received, among others, the following replies:

"Hola @Rihanna! Education is in the central core of our political aims. Only education can change the world." – Argentina President Mauricio Macri

"@rihanna we've got your back! Thanks to @mclaudebibeau who made sure girls' education is in our feminist international development policy." – Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

"Hi @Rihanna, education is a key area of German development policy. We have nearly doubled spending since 2013.Thanks for spreading the word!" – German Press Secretary Steffen Siebert

Already an established philanthropist, Rihanna earned the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award in February 2017 for her interest in improving the lives of others and leading projects like building a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine in her home nation of Barbados. In her recent Twitter campaign she has been pushing for leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to agree at July’s G20 summit to support the Global Partnership for Education.

The GPE provides children with access to education in developing countries. Founded in 2002, it is a multi-stakeholder partnership with the single aim of dramatically growing the number of children in school and learning. Its current strategic plan include training more teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa and improving conditions in schools worldwide with basic facilities such as drinking water, electricity and internet.

When a star of her stature and reputation tweets “hey there @mauriciomacri, what's your plan for Argentina to commit to #FundEducation?”, you sit up and listen. She may well manage to use her star power to engineer some sort of commitment from world leaders at the G20 summit on July 7-8.