Rihanna, Emmanuel Macron join forces again to improve education in developing countries

Rihanna has been less vocal in her activism than some celebrities, but she has always been supportive of the LGBT community.

Rihanna joined French president Emmanuel Macron as a speaker at the Global Partnership for Education's conference in Dakar, Senegal on Friday, the Washington Post reports.

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

The pair's attendance at the conference follows Rihanna's visit to Paris in July, when Macron hosted the singer at his presidential palace and the pair discussed their plans to raised the bar on education in developing nations.

Senegalese president Macky Sall and French president Emmanuel Macron will also attend the conference, which aims to raise funds to help educate the poorest children in dozens of countries.

Rihanna, who is the ambassador of the Global Education Partnership, will meet in Dakar with government officials as well as with professors and students.

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

Partner countries in the GPE scheme are required to earmark 20 percent of their national budgets for education - a tough goal for developing nations battling jihadists or civil conflicts.

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 United States universities.

Senegalese police made several arrests on Friday afternoon when dispersing a protest march by "France Degage", a group which wants the former colonial power to reduce its role in Senegal.

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

  • Adam Floyd