Pop star Rihanna has released a short documentary of her visit to Malawi in January this year. The aim of the tour was to fund raise for education in developing nations including Malawi.
In the documentary, Rihanna is seen teaching maths and interacting with students in Malawi.
The singer was in the country as part of her role as founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation and Global Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education.
The clip focuses on the trip of the 29-year-old to Muzu Primary School and offers a detailed overview of how issues like education, poverty, hunger and women’s rights intersects in Malawi, especially in rural areas.
“This is a beautiful school, and there are good teachers, [and] good learners. But there’s some lack of blocks, lack of chalk, lack of books.” says Wongani Nyirenda, a 14-year-old Muzu student who explains that, due to overcrowding, teachers are forced to teach some classes outside, which can be dangerous in the rainy season.
Rihanna was joined on the trip by Julia Gillard, former prime minister of Australia and board chair of the Global partnership for education, as well as Hugh Evans, CEO for Global Citizen.
RiRi is asking her fans to help raise $3.1 billion between 2018 and 2020 to bring education to over 870 million children in 89 countries including Malawi.
Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, on February 20, 1988, in Barbados, Rihanna started her professional music career at 16 and has an array of hit songs, including Unfaithful, Umbrella, Disturbia, Take a Bow, Diamonds and We Found Love. A global pop star with an unrelentingly edgy image, Rihanna has also won multiple industry accolades, including Grammys and MTV awards.n