Pop superstar Rihanna takes her Clara Lionel Foundation and partners with a prominent bike-sharing platform in China for a five-year partnership called “1 KM Action”. The partnership will donate bikes to scholarship recipients to help alleviate the challenges of attending school in Malawi, East Africa. In Malawi the drop-out rates are exceedingly high; only 8 percent of students complete secondary school, with girls especially finding themselves at a disadvantage. There are approximately 4.6 million primary-school-age children in Malawi, according to the Foundation, and transportation across long distances is an issue.
“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,”~Rihanna
According to the Foundation, the first batch of bikes have already been put into use in the African nation. This is not Rihanna’s first endeavor in Malawi. In January 2017, she visited Malawi as an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education with Global Citizen, where she visited local schools and spent time with the children understanding their concerns and helping in classrooms. She has also been vocal about asking world leaders to commit to funding education.
Sourced from Time.com