Donor nations offer US$2.3b for third world education

Violet Powell
February 4, 2018

Pop singer Rihanna is teaming up with French President Emmanuel Macron to improve education in developing nations.

The singer from the top of the charts arrived in Dakar, where today she will join the Global Education Partnership forum, organized by Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emanuel Macron.

"This pledge forms part of Australia's commitment to ensuring more children, particularly girls and children with disabilities, participate in school for longer and acquire the skills they need to build their future", she said in a statement.

The funding promise represents a massive increase on the 17 million euros pledged at the last conference in 2014.

Donor nations announced on Saturday (Feb 3) US$2.3 billion in funding to support education in developing countries, following an worldwide meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar.

The Barbados-born singer - whose hits include "Diamonds" and "Only Girl (In the World") - has also set up the non-profit Clara Lionel Foundation, which includes a scholarship fund for students to learn at USA universities.

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President Akufo-Addo left the country in the early hours of yesterday for a return trip to Senegal.

Macron, traveling with his wife, Brigitte, later will visit French forces serving with the G5 Sahel, a five-nation regional force launched a year ago to counter growing extremism in West Africa.

The American actress and humanitarian wore a demure off-white dress under a grey shawl as she made her way through the streets of the French capital to meet with President Emmanuel Macron's wife at the Élysée Palace.

She often appears as an activist in anti-poverty campaigns.

Macron has visited Africa six times already in his nine months as president, spending time in several former French colonies and reaffirming support for the Barkhane counter-terror force rooting out jihadists across the Sahel region.

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