Macron and Rihanna to meet at education finance summit in Senegal





Dakar – French President Emmanuel Macron and pop star Rihanna were on Friday scheduled to meet at a high-level education financing summit in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.



 
The conference, hosted by the Global Partnership for Education and Senegalese President Macky Sall, aims to raise 3.1 billion dollars to support education for 870 million children in the world's poorest nations. 
Rihanna, an ambassador for the Global Partnership, is expected to also promote children's education through her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation, and meet schoolchildren in Dakar.
Ahead of the conference, the Barbadian singer has been pushing various heads of state around the globe, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to contribute money to children's education through her Twitter account, which has 86 million followers.
A Senegalese umbrella body of 30 religious organizations meanwhile said Rihanna was "not welcome" in Senegal, because the celebrity represented "freemasonry and homosexuality" and had "low values."
Macron is expected to use the conference to speak not only about education but also to address pressing topics, such as migration, terrorism and climate change.

Friday, February 2nd 2018
(dpa)
           


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