Musicians have been playing their part in encouraging education around the world in recent times. Beyoncé just launched a scholarship project for women in the arts, and Nicki Minaj has offered to pay disadvantaged fans’ tuition fees. Joining the movement is singer Rihanna, who back in January visited a school in Malawi to raise funding and promote the importance of a strong education system in developing countries. This comes as part of the singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation project, which aims to aid citizens of Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica in attaining a degree from a top-end American college. Rihanna’s campaign in Malawi was documented by Global Citizen, which has now been released as a 10-minute documentary. In the short film, the singer can be seen visiting Muzu, the poorest school in Malawi, and highlighting the poor conditions many of the students have to learn in. This includes a drastic pupil to teacher ratio, a lack of resources, and substandard learning conditions.
The singer comments on the growing rate of Muzu’s dropouts due to the aforementioned conditions, saying: “It’s sad that this has had to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete”. Rihanna and world charity organisations are calling on the rest of the world to increase funding for third world countries. Watch the short film below.
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