We believe in the right to education as a weapon against injustice and inequality, and that every child, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to fulfill her potential.

With more than 263 million young people not in school globally, a significant part of a generation is at risk of getting left behind. As one of the most basic building blocks of a better future, access to quality education is not only a basic human right, it is a critical component of a foundation for a more productive and happier life.

Current programs include primary and secondary education programs in Malawi, Barbados and Senegal, as well as the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program.

In 2019, CLF entered the second year of support for girls’ secondary education in Malawi, aiming to reach more than 7,500 girls by 2021, in partnership with the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), an organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, as well as to step up as leaders of change.

In addition, CLF is helping fund the training of secondary school graduates to become HIV testers, over the course of one- to two-year-long paid internships, with the broader mission to provide employment opportunities for young adults in the healthcare field while helping achieve the United Nations’ ambitious 90-90-90 HIV treatment targets: 90 percent of all people living with HIV knowing their HIV status, 90 percent receiving medication and 90 percent stabilizing or experiencing suppression of their virus by 2020.

Since 2016, our CLF Micro Grants Program in Barbados has been supporting primary and secondary schools, as well as nonprofit organizations, with funding for youth development projects and academic programs.

Global Scholarship Program
Our Global Scholarship Program supports exceptional students from the Caribbean and South America who wish to pursue higher education in the United States. While matriculating, scholars actively engage with CLF throughout the year. There are currently 17 scholars actively enrolled in the program. From completing community service projects to excelling in their majors, our global scholars represent some of tomorrow’s most promising leaders.

One of our core programs in Senegal is focused on supporting primary education for children in rural areas. CLF is investing in the construction of three new classrooms in the sparsely populated area of Tambacounda in Eastern Senegal. These classrooms replace existing, leaky thatched-roof classrooms, ensuring that students from the surrounding community can attend school in a safe environment and continue classes during the rainy season.

Global Partnership for Education
In 2016, CLF joined forces with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE and Global Citizen to tackle the global education crisis on a broader scale through advocacy. As part of our advocacy work and as GPE’s Global Ambassador, Rihanna calls on her fans to ask governments to increase their commitments to funding global education.