On June 24, 2017, GPE’s Global Ambassador Rihanna took to Twitter to urge the leaders of Argentina, Canada and France to do more for global education.
While President Macri of Argentina and Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau responded to Rihanna, there was no immediate response from Paris. Instead of tweeting, President Macron invited Rihanna to the Élysée Palace this Wednesday to spend time with him and the First Lady of France discussing education and the replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education.
Both Rihanna and President Macron reverted back to Twitter to express their appreciation for the meeting adding a call to action to address the challenge of education financing.
Thank you Mr. President @EmmanuelMacron and Madame First Lady for the incredible meeting and passion for global and girls education!— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 26, 2017
Rihanna was not the only international superstar and humanitarian President Macron met that week. Bono also had the opportunity to meet the recently elected President and Mrs Macron wherein the French President reiterated his commitment to reach 0.55% of GDP for overseas development assistance by 2022, and agreed that focusing on education was an important investment in the eradication of extreme poverty.