Rihanna takes to Twitter to rally world leaders for education



International super star and Global Partnership for Education Global Ambassador Rihanna set Twitter on fire recently, calling on world leaders to prioritize education financing and GPE’s replenishment. Within one day, her tweets were trending, retweets were increasing by the thousands each second.

Hot on the heels of releasing a video about her recent visit to Malawi with GPE and Global Citizen, Rihanna tweeted to G20 leaders, calling on them to prioritize funding for global education when they met in Hamburg, Germany and to support GPE’s replenishment.

She then took one step further, tweeting the leaders of France, Argentina and Canada, plus Steffan Siebert, the spokesperson for Germany’s Chancelor Angela Merkel.

The reaction has been phenomenal, with thousands of people taking to twitter to support Rihanna’s call to action for global education. Global leaders reacted too.

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and Seibert of Germany responded and publicly reaffirmed the primacy of education in their country’s policy goals, with Macri’s team also announcing that education will be at the center of his G20 presidency in 2018.

“We’ve got your back!” responded Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada who also shared that girls’ education is part of Canada’s feminist international development policy.

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, took to twitter to thank Rihanna for shining a light on the urgent need to address education financing, adding that it is time for the G20 to deliver.

GPE Board Chair Julia Gillard tweeted that real action by the G20 would be to support GPE’s replenishment so that countries can build schools, train teachers and deliver quality education for all.

Worldwide media coverage

Rihanna advocacy for GPE was covered by hundreds of media outlets across the world from the BBC to Time magazine to L’Express.

With a following on social media the size of a small country (75 million and counting) the BBC article purported that perhaps Rihanna might get a mention at the G20 summit herself.

Alas no mention for Rihanna, but the world leaders heard her and the thousands of activist groups who tirelessly pushed the G20 leaders to prioritize education.

The G20 Leaders Declaration: Shaping an Interconnected World emphasizes the importance of education in achieving sustainability, women’s empowerment, bridging the digital divide and boosting employment. The historic recognition of education in the G20 communique makes specific reference to the role of GPE, Education Cannot Wait and an international financing facility for education.

Via Global Partnership for Education

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2 Responses

  1. Faithz says:

    For each of Us who have faith, We can be encouraged to help others. Our Faith will always give each of Us the strength,
    Help and Hope to step Forward and Lend a Hand to Give back, and help Others.
    Good Job RIHANNA Well done ~

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  2. Faithz says:

    RIHANNA ,,,As the Saying Goes,,,Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

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