Pop star Rihanna met with French President, Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris to discuss charity activities in education and healthcare as part of her philanthropic efforts.
Dressed diplomatically in a Christian Dior suit with over-sized proportions and silver stilettos, Rihanna was welcomed at the Elysee by French First Lady Brigitte Macron, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
After the meeting, Rihanna, the Ambassador of Global Partnership for Education who has been putting in some “work” on global education efforts said:
“Well, I just had the most incredible meeting with the president and first lady. They were incredibly welcoming to us, we focused on the urgency of education from global aspects and we are going to make a very big announcement this coming September during UN week but we are going to do even more work this October in Africa.
“I was so inspired and impressed with his leadership and I can’t wait for you guys to hear where this is going to go but I think this is the year for education.” Also on Wednesday, July 26, President Macron tweeted after the meeting with the 29-year-old singer saying he is “committed” to help address the challenge of 264 million children being out of school through the social action platform – Global Citizen and the Clara Lionel Foundation which is a non-profit organisation founded by Rihanna.
The Global Partnership for Education is in the midst of a “replenishment 2020,” which aims to raise $2 billion a year by 2020, funds that the organization says will support 89 countries where 78 percent of the world’s out-of-school population reside.
The Clara Lionel Foundation says it supports and funds “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.” It also funds a scholarship program for citizens and natives of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica who want to attend college in the United States.
Earlier this year Rihanna was named by Harvard as their Humanitarian of the Year. Her charitable work also includes founding an oncology and breast cancer treatment center. In June 24, Riri asked President Macron on Twitter if France would commit to funding education, a plea that was retweeted almost 30,000 times.
The eight-time Grammy award-winning singer with more than 75 million Twitter followers has made appeals to leaders of several countries, including the leaders of Canada and Argentina and Germany’s government spokesman Steffen Seibert, on Twitter recently asking that they support education funding efforts.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Rihanna’s call to action with a tweet that read in part “we’ve got your back!” and that the Canadian Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau has “made sure girls’ education is in our feminist international development policy.”
Germany’s Seibert also responded to Rihanna’s plea last month saying: “education is a key area of German development policy. We have nearly doubled spending since 2013.Thanks for spreading the word!” In the same vein, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri replied to the call with the message: “Education is in the central core of our political aims. Only education can change the world.”