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Rihanna news :Rihanna says she hated school – but UNESCO reminds us that a girl’s earning potential goes up by 20% for every year she completes

It’s easy to take education for granted if you’ve never had problems accessing it.

Education is a powerful tool and part of a journey where you’re constantly evolving as you learn. This is how Rihanna’s opinion piece, published on The Guardian, kicks off.

It’s a sentiment I am fully behind, and one, that like her, I’ve really come to appreciate years after I’ve completed my formal education.

While I certainly enjoyed the learning aspect of it, school was a place I felt restless. It didn’t help that my formative years were spent being bullied.

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This complex relationship with school is clearly something that’s universal because even Rihanna would have much rather played at home and hung out in the streets instead of dealing with the daily grind that was school.

Today though, she is advocating for education to be made accessible to people across the world, particularly disadvantaged children.

As she states: “Growing up in Barbados, I did not always love school. It can feel like a grind, especially when you’d rather be singing, playing sports or doing pretty much anything other than homework. I realise now that I often took it for granted that I was even able to go to school.”

The 2017 Harvard Humanitarian Award recipient strongly believes that through collective advocacy work, we can all help to create opportunities for young children – particularly from countries where ingrained sexism, racism, poverty and violence are so deeply entrenched.

Rihanna’s philanthropy extends beyond simply making a call to be inclusive. She’s actively contributed to uplifting the community in her hometown, Barbados and has provided scholarships of up to $50 000 (more than R732 000) to students across the Caribbean.

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And in a world where education has become a luxury instead of a right, she points out that it’s one that unfortunately sees girls being less likely to complete their schooling.

She adds that “each additional year of primary schooling boosts a girl’s prospective income by up to 20%”, which is why education is imperative. And according to Global Health Partnership, educated girls are better equipped to deal with life and are more equipped to take on bigger economic roles within their communities.

Michelle Obama in an interview with U.S. Agency for International Development publication confirms this. She says when “girls are educated, they are less likely to contract HIV and more likely to delay childbearing and vaccinate their children.”

The former First Lady of the U.S. adds that research has also pointed out that educating women has also shown that it’s good for economies worldwide.

What Rihanna is highlighting is not just the plight of a lack of education within her own home country, but she’s calling for global support everywhere.

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She adds: “Every voice counts, and limited knowledge is no reason to stay silent. We all have a stake in this.”

And how right she is. Education is a tool of empowerment, one that not only equips us with necessary knowledge, but also arms us with resources to uplift and empower those who weren’t provided with the opportunity to go to school as many of us have.

And one need only look to our own country to realise that we still have a long way to go in terms of developing and providing educational resources for those in need and giving every young girl and boy the chance to become the engineers, teachers and CEOs of the future.source: news24

Rihanna appointed as ambassador by Barbados

Singer Rihanna has said she “couldn’t be more proud” after being given a new ambassadorial role by the government of Barbados.

The artist, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for her home country on Thursday.

The role involves promoting education, tourism and investment.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she was honoured to confer the title.

“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home,” the prime minister said in a statement.

“She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados.”

Rihanna is one of the best-selling singers of all time, with 250 million record sales globally. She has also enjoyed success as an actress and fashion designer, and launched a widely-praised makeup collection last year.

The singer was born in Saint Michael in Barbados, and grew up in the capital, Bridgetown.

She lived there until her teen years when she was discovered by an American record producer, who helped her break into the US charts.

Last year a street she used to live on was renamed Rihanna Drive in her honour.

In a statement accepting her new role, the singer (who is now described as Ambassador Fenty by the Barbados government) said she “couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title” in her home country.

“Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to re-imagine Barbados.”

Rihanna just got a promotion.

After seven years as a cultural ambassador for her native Barbados, the pop star, 30, has been appointed the nation’s “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,” according to a press release from the country’s Government Information Service.

“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education.  She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home,” Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said in the statement.

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“She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados.”

Having already helped promote tourism to Barbados since 2008, Rihanna will now also promote the country’s education and investment efforts as part of her new responsibilities.

In the statement, Rihanna was quoted as saying she “couldn’t be more proud” of being given the chance to help shape the future of her home country.

“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country,” she said. “Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility.  I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.”

News of the appointment comes just over a week after the singer’s latest Diamond Ball raised $6 million for her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. 

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