Rihanna Is Working Hard To Improve Education For Malawi's Children, One Bicycle At A Time

Sometimes just getting to school is the hardest challenge.

For some kids around the world, just getting to school poses a major problem that keeps them from getting the education they deserve. Rihanna is setting out to make that easier, though, with the Clara Lionel Foundation setting out to provide bicycles to children in Malawi.


It's clear Riri's recent trip to the African country has impacted her in a big way as she has been very active in trying to improve education around the globe. The "Work" singer recently even used her Twitter account to tweet at world leaders to see what they're doing in that realm — even getting a response from the likes of Canada's Justin Trudeau and France's Emmanuel Macron.

According to Billboard, CLF is joining forces with ofo — a bike-sharing platform — to fund scholarships for girls in Malawi, but also to donate bikes to students. This five-year initiative, which has seen the first batch of bikes put into use, will help them with the transportation issues they face trying to get to class each day.

"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," the 29-year-old Grammy winner said in a press release.

Dai Wei, ofo's CEO, said in the press release that the company is "delighted" to team up with Rihanna and CLF on this "innovative" initiative to "improve accessibility for students living in poverty." Wei also said, "We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme."

This comes after Rihanna recently met with the Emmanuel Macron to discuss education efforts around the world. The Barbadian native, who accepted the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from Harvard University earlier this year, and has used CLF — which she founded in 2012 — to make this her cause to fight for by offering scholarships among other projects.

Kudos to Rihanna, ofo, and CLF on pedaling forward on seeing that Malawian children are able to get to school and learn.


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