Lilongwe, Malawi—The pop-star and Global Ambassador was all fun and philanthropRi during her recent trip where she spent time with students at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School in the nation’s capital. If you didn’t know, Malawi is a small country in East Africa, bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique, and is also nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”.
Trading in her button-down for a tank top and boots for a pair of sneakers, she played soccer with the youth and encouraged the girls to stay focused on their studies. During her time abroad, Rihanna not only met with the youth but also teachers and government officials where she talked about ways to improve the country’s current education system.
“I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education.”
– Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, 2016
Rihanna’s trip comes at a crucial time when the country is going through many societal changes to make educating young girls and women a higher priority. Like many nations in Africa, the Malawian government has began taking initiatives towards this by hosting empowerment camps with guest speakers like Former United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and a career talk that also took place at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School.
“I have this motivation within me to see to it that girls do not lose their potential in life because of long distances to school, early marriages and early pregnancies.”
– Getrude Mutharika,
First Lady of Malawi
Rihanna became the Global Partnership for Education’s first global ambassador back in September of 2016. Through this new position and her already established Clara Lionel Foundation, the Bajan beauty is able to advocate for children in impoverished nations to receive a quality education. Her foundation, named after her grandparents Clara & Lionel, works to promote basic right to education for all, especially in impoverished nations around the world. A true “Bad Gal” with a good heart. Check out photos from her trip below, courtesy of RihannaDaily.com.
(featured photo courtesy of the Clara Lionel Foundation‘s Twitter)