Rihanna And Emmanuel Macron Team Up To Fight For Universal Education

And help raise $2.3 billion for programs around the world.

International music superstar and humanitarian Rihanna and French president Emmanuel Macron once again teamed up to raise funds for educational improvements in developing nations. The two met in Senegal this week to host the Global Partnership for Education conference along with Senegalese President Macky Sall. The annual meeting of donors and government representatives raised $2.3 billion to strengthen educational systems around the world. 

The partnership between the Barbados-born singer and the French politician began last year when Rihanna used her platform of 86 million Twitter followers to pressure world leaders, including Macron, to pledge their support for GPE. In July, the two met in Paris to discuss how the French government could support the organization. 

At the conference this week, Macron announced France will donate 200 million euros ($248 million) to the group's fund in addition to calling on other world leaders to support the organization. 

"Supporting education is not a choice we can make or not make, it is a necessity," he said at the event. 

Rihanna, the GPE's global ambassador, was also in Senegal as a representative of her Clara Lionel Foundation, which she founded in 2012 to support communities around the world through investing in local programs. In addition to once again using her social media platform to call on world leaders to support the organization, the Anti singer also spoke at the conference. 

"We've made tremendous progress today, but, of course, our work is never done," she said. "This is a fight that we are never going to stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education."

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