Rihanna teaches maths on educational trip to Malawi

Rihanna teaches maths on educational trip to Malawi

The small East African nation is one of the world's poorest countries with 50 percent of its population living under the poverty line.

"I'm really here to see it", Rihanna told them. "That's like my favourite thing because kids, they adopt melody really, really quickly".

Rihanna and Ms Gillard spent a week in the region, teaching students math, biology and soccer, with Rihanna using her musical talent as a learning tool throughout the trip. In the lead-up to a performance last fall at the annual anti-poverty Global Citizen Festival benefit concert in Central Park, she called on her fans to ask the Canadian and French governments to increase their commitments to education in emergencies.

What Rihanna sees during her visit is that primary schools in Malawi sometimes have as many as 100 students in one room.

"I love that they learn in melody", Rihanna said. Her Clara Lionel organization and the GPE teamed up to advocate for better education for children in developing countries. At Muzu, the odds of success seem almost insurmountable: a single teacher for up to 100 students, 26 kilometer treks to get to and from school, limited resources, arranged marriages, and more.

"In the documentary, Rihanna can be seen helping students solve math problems, as well as cheering on a girls" rugby squad. "It's such a pity that they have to drop out because they are so smart", she notes. "It's sad that has to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete". The funds will help GPE bring "quality education" to more than 870 million children in 89 countries between 2018 and 2020. She has created scholarships for Caribbean students to learn in the United States and has received awards for her humanitarian efforts with the Clara Lionel Foundation.

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