Internationally renowned entertainer, fashion and beauty icon, mogul and philanthropist: all of these describe Rihanna, but in a new op-ed for The Guardian urging all of us to get involved in the fight for equal access to education, the multi-hyphenate reflects on her childhood in Barbados, where she admits that she “did not always love school,” but “often took it for granted that [she] was even able to go to school.”

Education is a major part of the platform of the Clara Lionel Foundation, which the star founded in 2012 as a philanthropic arm which assists with everything from access to education and healthcare to emergency response around the world.