Giving Compass' Take:

• Rihanna is helping the Global Partnership for Education, an international collaboration of donors and developing nations, to garner support and invest in girls' education. 

• How are collaborative efforts such as the global partnership finding success in funding? 

• Read more about girls' education in the Giving Compass Gender Equality Guide. 

There’s a movement of hundreds of thousands of amazing human beings out there, including the wonderful Rihanna, that’s led to governments all over the world committing billions of dollars to fund one of the planet’s most urgent issues.

Let’s talk about girls’ education.

Right now there are 264 million children not in school around the world, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). And education is disproportionately barred to girls and women — at least 1 in 5 of all girls and women in the world are denied access. It’s a colossal number — and requires an immense collective response.

That’s why the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) exists. It’s an international collaboration among donor and developing countries, international organizations, civil society, teacher organizations, the private sector, and foundations, working on the front lines to get education to the hardest-to-reach places. It helps educate the most vulnerable children in the world’s poorest countries.

Rihanna is an incredible part of the GPE squad. On Monday night, the R&B superstar flexed her following to tweet the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, to ask him to pledge €100 million to GPE over the next three years. RiRi has been a GPE ambassador since 2016. Back in February, she tweeted heads of state in the UK, France, and Australia; in January she tweetedNorway’s prime minister Erna Solberg; and in 2017 she went after Canada, Argentina, and Germany. She even visited Malawi with Global Citizen and GPE to see the good work for herself.

It’s a result that shows how serious countries everywhere treat girls’ education. They’re putting millions into GPE because — even in a time of political uncertainty — they trust the organization to deliver real change to the lives of children.

Read the full article about Rihanna fighting for girls' education by James Hitchings-Hales at Global Citizen