International pop superstar Rihanna has helped raise a phenomenal $2.3 billion for education in developing countries. Rihanna spoke in her capacity as ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education at the GPE Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal and thanked those who have donated to the cause.
“We’ve made tremendous progress today, but of course, our work is never done,” she said. “We have a long way to go. This is a fight we’re never gonna stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education.”
— Clara Lionel Fdn (@ClaraLionelFdn) February 2, 2018
The conference, attended by 7 heads of state and more than 60 ministers, was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and Macky Sali, the president of Senegal.
In 2016 RiRi was named a global ambassador for education by GPE, and she earned Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year Award in February 2017 for her work to promote education, particularly in Malawi.
“We’re all human,” she said. “We all just want a chance, a chance at life, a chance at an education, a chance at a future, really. At CLF [Clara Lionel Foundation], our mission is to impact as many lives as possible, but it starts with just one. Just one. As I stare out into this beautiful room, I see optimism, I see hope, I see the future. I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.”