Shakira Makes Global Education Her Personal Business

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Shakira is using her international pop star influence for a greater good. The Colombian singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador has partnered with the Education Commission to reshape the narrative of global education that currently leaves an estimated one billion children void of basic secondary skills.

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“These are future doctors, future teachers, future artists, future presidents,” she says. “Education is their birthright, not a luxury.”

Shakira, who has built schools in her native country through her Pies Descalzos Foundation, joins leaders worldwide to triple investment in education to $3 trillion dollars per year by 2030 in the grand effort to spark a learning generation that leaves no child behind.

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“We can be the first generation in history where every child goes to school and every boy and girl enjoys a quality education,” former UK prime minister Gordon Brown echoes before Shakira extends the call-to-action to the general public. “Write to your government, leaders, presidents and prime ministers and urge them, right now, to make the next generation a learning generation,” she chimes. “We can make it happen.”