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An inside look into Priyanka Chopra's trip to Ethiopia with UNICEF

An inside look into Priyanka Chopra's trip to Ethiopia with UNICEF

She met with the Ethiopian president while on her trip

There is no stopping for Priyanka Chopra, who jetted to Ethiopia, straight from Cannes. This past week, the Isn’t it Romantic actress made her Cannes debut, and then stole the show with her husband Nick Jonas a day later. But, it is not all just glamour and parties for the Indian native, who is now in Addis Ababa, fulfilling her commitments as Unicef Goodwill Ambassador.

Yesterday, the 36-year-old took to Instagram stories to update her 40.5 million followers on her whereabouts. In a series of videos, Priyanka revealed that she is en-route to Ethiopia, and gave fans a background of her association with Unicef and how she wants to highlight it’s education programme. She said: “Hi everyone, I am on a very special trip. I have just touched down on Ethiopia and it is raining. We are in Addis (Ababa) right now. Apparently, it is the first day of rain here. So I feel good about that. But it is an extremely special trip and 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 in the country. There is a huge barrier when it comes to access to education for children, especially because there are so many dropouts in school which begin as soon as kids start school. The primary education goes from Standard 1 to Standard 8, that is primary education. Secondary education is after that, we see dropouts of children even from first grade, so 50 per-cent of kids in Ethiopia end up dropping out,” Priyanka continued.

She shared some shots from her trip on Instagram stories, and then put up a detailed post of her first day there. She wrote: “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.”

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“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.”

While there, the Bollywood beauty had discussions with The Gender Club, which is a UNICEF supported program that empowers girls and boys. This club helps provide students with relevant knowledge and skills to help them combat harmful social practices, like gender based violence, child marriage, and sexual violence.

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Seeing as Priyanka is a great dancer, it came as no surprise that some of her activities while in Ethiopia included dancing. On her stories, she shared videos dancing in one of the classrooms in school. Meanwhile, on her feed, she posted a picture of her doing the Kunama Dance, writing: “Dance is such an important part of Ethiopian culture. Wherever I have been so far…even though we don’t speak each other’s languages…the joy that has been shared through dance has bonded me with this amazing country forever. (Even though I’m terrible at it‍♀️) Ethiopia is extremely rich in culture and compassion. ❤️”

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Of course, a trip to Ethiopia wouldn’t have been complete without a meeting with the country’s leader. Priyanka had the chance to meet Madam President Sahle-Work Zewde, the first female president of Ethiopia, which she described as an “honour.” As the country’s leader, President Sahle-Work Zewde is fiercely committed to the empowerment and advancement of women. In her post, the Quantico actress continued to praise the President, saying: “She 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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We can’t wait to see more of Priyanka’s trip!

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