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Rihanna works to get $3.1B for children's education in Africa

03 February 2018

Jeune Afrique quotes Senegal's interior minister as saying he will ensure the safety of all conference attendees.

"This is a fight that we are never going to stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education", said Rihanna, GPE's global ambassador, to wild applause.

On Thursday, Rihanna used her 86 million Twitter followers to urge the Australian and United Kingdom governments to commit to ensuring education for the world's poorest ahead of an worldwide conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and Senegalese President Macky Sall.

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He promised 200 million euros for the fund, sharply upping France's earlier offer, and urged others to pitch in toward the 3.1 billion euro overall goal.

Rihanna has flown into Senegal to attend an education conference in the African nation amid calls from religious leaders to ban the singer. The singer a year ago appealed to Macron on Twitter to contribute to her efforts to fund education in developing countries, notably in conflict and crisis areas.

Emmanuel Macron and Rihanna may not usually move in the same circles, but the French president and pop star joined forces on Friday to champion education for the world's poorest countries.

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Macron, who has visited 17 countries since he was inaugurated in May, also met privately with Senegalese President Macky Sall and opened a school.

She has frequently been active in pressing for development funding as part of Global Citizen, the anti-poverty campaign that includes policy events and concerts in NY and a growing number of other cities.

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Rihanna works to get $3.1B for children's education in Africa