Rihanna is GPE's Global Ambassador

World-renowned artist Rihanna joined GPE as its first ever Global Ambassador in 2016.

Through a multi-year partnership, Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation, international advocacy group Global Citizen and GPE campaign together to ensure that girls and boys in the world's poorest countries can get a quality education.

In her role as GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna encourages world leaders and policymakers to boost their support for global education and education in emergencies through GPE. As one of the greatest artists of our generation, Rihanna amplifies this essential work to bring about real change.

Rihanna's voice and travels to countries where GPE is actively engaged are hugely influential in improving the lives of girls and boys everywhere.

In early 2018, Rihanna attended the GPE Financing Conference, where she promised to continue the fight for education to ensure all children have access to quality education.

“I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I'm proud to announce Clara Lionel Foundation's partnership with education advocacy leaders like the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen. Working together, I know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally."


GPE Board Chair Julia Gillard was joined by GPE Global Ambassador Rihanna and Global Citizen CEO and co-founder Hugh Evans during a trip to Malawi. Credit: Evan Rogers
October 16, 2018
In this op-ed, Rihanna makes the case for investing in education, and encourages individuals to join her in the fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied the right of education.
GPE Board Chair Julia Gillard was joined by GPE Global Ambassador Rihanna and Global Citizen CEO and co-founder Hugh Evans during a trip to Malawi.
July 25, 2017
GPE Global Ambassador Rihanna called world leaders including Macri, Macron, and Trudeau on Twitter to prioritize education financing and GPE’s replenishment. With her tweets trending and the...
Rihanna visits a school in Malawi. Credit: Evan Rogers
June 07, 2017
Rihanna visited Malawi with GPE and Global Citizen to see how she can help shape the future for millions of children by advocating for countries to fund education and meet the Global Partnership for...

Rihanna calls on world leaders to support education

The Clara Lionel Foundation

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF)

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) is dedicated to breaking down barriers and transforming the lives of young people globally through education. CLF was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

Supporting the most innovative education programs worldwide as well as special projects in Rihanna's home country of Barbados, CLF is a revolutionary philanthropic space where supporters can join Rihanna's journey as a global ambassador for education.

Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants for Schools Program.