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Priyanka Chopra spreads happiness in Ethiopia as Unicef ambassador after turning heads at Cannes 2019

After her glamorous debut at Cannes Film Festival 2019, Priyanka Chopra is off to Ethiopia for a Unicef function.

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New Delhi Published on: May 20, 2019 23:09 IST
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Priyanka Chopra spreads happiness in Ethiopia as Unicef ambassador

Priyanka Chopra is back on her duties after making a mark with her Cannes 2019 debut. The diva was in the French Riviera for the last couple of days with her American singer husband Nick Jonas and gave her fans various reason to celebrate the adorable couple. The actress was present for the festival as the guest for Chopard and made sure she leaves a mark with gorgeous red carpet looks. Now that her stay at the French Riviera is over, PeeCee has flown away to Ethiopia for a Unicef function.

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This is no secret that Priyanka Chopra is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambssador. The diva took to her Instagram to share her pictures and special moments with the students of a primary school where she reached to highlight Unicef’s education programme. Sharing the pictures, PeeCee wrote, “Hi everyone, I am on a very special trip. I have just touched down on Ethiopia and it is raining. We are in Addis (Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia) right now. Apparently, it is the first day of rain here. So I feel good about that. But it is extremely special trip. I hope that you all will come on this journey with me. I am in Ethiopia for a specific reason. I want to highlight Unicef’s education programme when it comes to children and youth the country. There is a huge barrier when it comes to access to education for children because there are so many dropouts which begin as soon as kids start school. The primary education goes from Std 1 to Std 8 and secondary education is after that. We see dropouts from Std 1.”

She later shared another picture in which she is seen posing with Madam President Sahle-Work Zewde, the first female president of Ethiopia. She wrote, “This afternoon I had the honor of meeting Madam President Sahle-Work Zewde, the first female president of Ethiopia. Her fierce commitment to the empowerment and advancement of women is unprecedented. She also has a global perspective for the development of her country - Ethiopia is the second largest host country of refugees in Africa, they’ve taken in just under 1M. She’s pushing for policies that provide people with access to education and other essential needs so they can improve their familial economic situation and hence the economy of Ethiopia. I’m so inspired."

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Day 1: My first visit was to the Sibiste Negasi Primary School in Addis Ababa. In Ethiopia, primary school enrollment between 2000 and 2017 has TRIPLED. This is because of the Ethiopian government’s investment in education and its dedication to the future of the country...but there is still so much work to do. 2.6 M children of primary and secondary school age are out of school, and 50% of children attending school drop out by grade 8. Because of poverty children are responsible for much more than just learning, like caring for siblings, walking miles to collect water and other house hold chores...things that should not be a child’s responsibility at any age. A child is a child. @unicef’s efforts, along with a very committed government, are focused on getting every child in school, ensuring every child has a quality education, and that every child completes school. Thank you Principal Abebech, Dagmawit (7th grade), and all the other students who made my first day in ethopia so special. Go to my stories to follow this trip. @unicefethiopia #achildisachild #foreverychild

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On the professional front, Priyanka Chopra was last seen in Hollywood film Isn’t It Romantic. She has also completed shooting for her next Bollywood film directed by Shonali Bose titled The Sky Is Pink. It also stars Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim.


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