When celebrities get together with politicians for a good cause, big things happen. Earlier this year, the Global Partnership for Education (whose Global ambassador happens to be Rihanna) was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and president Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal: a G7 leader, with the head of a developing country. This historical moment helped secure $2.3 billion for education in developing countries.

A great example where fame can do a world of good, this year’s conference gained universal recognition mainly because of its guest list: there were seven heads of state, more than 60 ministers, and the President of the World Bank present, among many leaders of United Nations agencies, corporations, and civil society organizations. Singer Rihanna closed the event with an inspiring speech thanking all the donors and attendees.

“I would like to especially thank everyone who’s pledged and donated today,” Rihanna said at the event. “Give yourselves a round of applause because this is what we’ve wanted all along. We’ve made tremendous progress today, but of course, our work is never done.”

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Education is key to a brighter future. It has the ability to overcome poverty and unfair inequality and provide a brighter future for millions. Though a great portion was raised at this year’s Global Partnership for Education conference, there is still need for another $800 million for the years 2018-2020 which the United States promised.

“We have a long way to go and this is a fight that we’re never going to stop fighting until every boy, and every girl, has access to education,” added Rihanna.

Due to changes in government there has been no more word on this funding. You can now Call on US Government and Business Leaders and sign Global Citizen’s petition asking leaders in the US private sector to step up and #FundEducation for the 870 million children who are counting on it.

 

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