Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation has teamed up with ofo, a Beijing-based bike-share initiative, to help young girls in Malawi get to school.
“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” Rihanna said in a statement.
The “1 KM Action” partnership has already sent its first set of bikes to Malawi and it will also fund scholarships for these female students through Rihanna’s Global Scholarship Program.
Although 4.6 million children attend primary school in Malawi, only 8 percent complete secondary school. More girls drop out than boys due to a number of issues, transportation being one of them.
“We are delighted to work with Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation on this innovative initiative as we are keen to help improve education accessibility for students living in poverty,” ofo founder and CEO Dai Wei said in Tuesday’s press release. “We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme.”
Rihanna visited Malawi earlier this year with the Global Partnership for Education in order to speak with students, educators, and government officials about the best way to “build a better educational future for Malawians.”
Recently (July 26), Rihanna met with the French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron to talk about global education.
In June, the star took to Twitter to rally the world’s leaders including Canadian President Justin Trudeau and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.
The singer was snapped with the French President and First Lady, later telling reporters that the meeting was “incredible,” adding that the couple were “incredibly welcoming.”
She later tweeted, “Thank you Mr. President @EmmanuelMacron and Madame First Lady for the incredible meeting and passion for global and girls education!”