Sunbathing, serious feasts and some inspiring words…
She’s a former Miss World, an award-winning actress, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
So with such a varied CV, it’s no wonder that Priyanka Chopra had a lot to say during her recent appearance at the Global Education and Skills Forum.
The Quantico star jetted into Dubai over the weekend for the two-day event, which recognises exceptional educators from around the world.
Chopra, who first rose to fame after winning Miss World in 2000, took to the stage at the conference on Saturday, along with former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and education minister of Ghana, Matthew Opoku Prempeh.
The star opened up about her views on access to education, revealing it’s “a big cause that I am hugely attached to”.
“The ability to take your future in your own hands is a basic human right that cannot be denied to any child around the world,” the actress said, according to the Khaleej Times.
“I do see hope for this generation. Hopefully, 2030 should be a different world they’ll be living in. Kids should not be subjected to the things they are, they should be given books, they should not be afraid of getting shot in a classroom.”
Chopra, who visited Syrian refugees living in Jordan last year with UNICEF, revealed her anguish that there “is a whole generation of kids who we might lose if we don’t give them access to education”.
“These are children that can immediately feel that the world has forgotten about them. Every child that I spoke to in that camp wanted to return back to Syria and rebuild it and education is what gives them the power,” she added.
The Global Education and Skills Forum culminates with the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, a Dubai-based ceremony that awards US$1 million (Dhs3.67 million) to an outstanding teacher, selected from a shortlist of worthy finalists from around the world.
Suits stars Gina Torres and Sarah Rafferty, Kingsman actor Taron Egerton, and Trinidadian cricketer Brian Lara have also jetted into Dubai for the occasion, the former of which rubbed shoulders with Chopra at the event.
The Baywatch star also met British Olympian Mo Farah and world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, sharing a selfie with the two sportsmen with her 22 million Instagram followers.
@gomofarah @klitschko Two guys, a girl and a conversation! When you are in the company of two world class athletes, you’re guaranteed to walk away feeling like you can do and achieve anything. From comparing fist sizes to the crucial need for quality education around the world…we covered it all at the @gesforum. Awesome to meet you both. #GESF
Chopra has also been making time for a little R&R during her short visit, getting a little Vitamin D on what looks like a balcony.
The star also revealed she’d been left in a “food coma” after quite the feast at Atlantis The Palm, sharing a shot of a table bulging with dishes (we spy plenty of hummus).
Now *that’s* how you do Dubai.
Images: Priyanka Chopra/Instagram