Rihanna, Emmanuel Macron join forces again to improve education in developing countries

Clashes in Guinea ahead Sunday's local elections

Clashes in Guinea ahead Sunday's local elections

The pledge of $2.3 billion for the next 3 years is a significant progress from the $1.3 billion pledged for between 2015 - 2017.

The biggest donors were Britain, with a pledge of 417 million euros ($520 million), followed closely by the European Union with Norway the third-largest donor with 260 million ($324 million). In her tweet to Macron Rihanna, who met with him in Paris in July, thanked the French leader for the conference, but urged him to make efforts to raise 250 million euros.

"This is a fight that we are never going to stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education", she added.

Rihanna has been less vocal in her activism than some celebrities, but she has always been supportive of the LGBT community.

The singer from the top of the charts arrived in Dakar, where today she will join the Global Education Partnership forum, organized by Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emanuel Macron.

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Barbadian singer Rihanna addresses the conference "GPE Financing Conference, an Investment in the Future" organised by the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar on February 2, 2018.

"The unprecedented support" means the GPE "can continue to focus on the most excluded and vulnerable children and work to extend assistance to up to 89 countries", said the group's chief executive officer Alice Albright.

Senegalese police made several arrests on Friday afternoon when dispersing a protest march by "France Degage", a group which wants the former colonial power to reduce its role in Senegal.

A rapid reaction force of Senegalese troops was recently deployed to Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission with France's blessing, as the worldwide community attempts to contain Al-Qaeda-linked groups wreaking havoc in the unstable desert nation.

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