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Rihanna appeared on behalf of her Clara Lionel foundation, which works in impoverished nations to provide health care and education programs.

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

Rihanna joined French president Emmanuel Macron as a speaker at the Global Partnership for Education's conference in Dakar, Senegal on Friday, the Washington Post reports.

Speaking to Turnbull, she called for funding as part of Australia's entry into the UN Human Rights Council.

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President Macron also tweeted to reaffirm his commitment to Rihanna's cause, saying, "When I commit, I deliver".

The Dakar Conference, which brings together governments and the private sector, aims to raise $ 3.1 billion over the next three years to support the education of 870 million children.

"We're hoping that the conference marks the moment that momentum shifts globally on education and education financing", said GPE chair Julia Gillard.

"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.

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The objective of the conference is to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education in the poorest of nations.

Macron, who has visited 17 countries since he was inaugurated in May, also met privately with Senegalese President Macky Sall and opened a school. This was the stand of an worldwide conference in Senegal.

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.

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