Rihanna Donates 4,000 Tablets To Schools In Barbados

The Prime Minister of Barbados thanked the singer and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey for their efforts to shrink the “digital divide” with schools closed due to the coronavirus.

Even though they’ve already donated millions to various racial justice causes and COVID-19 relief efforts, Rihanna and Jack Dorsey have teamed up once again to help school children in Barbados.

  • With the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, schools and universities around the world have remained closed while holding classes online until the pandemic is over. As such, students are relying heavily on being able to access the Internet until they’re able to return to the classroom. 

    In a two-minute video posted to social media on Tuesday (June 7), Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley shared that Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and Dorsey’s Start Small Foundation teamed up to donate 4,000 tablet computers to schools across the nation. According to UNICEF, over half a million children across the Caribbean have seen their education disrupted due to the pandemic.

  • “I want to thank our own Ambassador Fenty and her Clara Lionel Foundation as well as the Jack Dorsey Start Small Foundation for coming together and donating 4,000 tablets to Barbadian school children,” Mottley said in the video.

    “We all know that education is the most important gift that we can give any child and to the extent that we can ensure that there is no digital divide among all of our students, that is our duty,” she continued. “Of course, our government will continue to make sure that we get there.” 

    “But to the extent that we can receive assistance from those who care enough, who love us enough, to be able to help us lift the burden on this long journey, then we say thank you because we can always do it better when we can do it together.”

  • Throughout the pandemic, Rihanna has donated over $11 million to racial justice causes and $5 million to various organizations assisting with relief efforts in America, the Caribbean and Africa among other charitable endeavors. 

    In March, the singer and Fenty mogul received a special shout-out from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after donating much-needed personal protective equipment at the height of the state's battle against COVID-19.

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