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Education provides children with a ‘fighting chance’ in life, says pop star Shakira

Education provides children with a ‘fighting chance’ in life, says pop star Shakira

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy Award-winning artiste Shakira Mebarak has emphasised the power of education to transform and improve an individual’s life in her remarks during the Educate A Child plenary of the WISE 2019 on Thursday.
The pop star, who has been championing children’s right to education through her Barefoot Foundation, shared before a crowd of policy-makers, global influencers and educators the significant changes that happened in the lives of children and families since her organisation started building schools in the most remote areas of her home country Columbia.
“I realised that most of the issues children faced in my country have something to do with the lack of their access to quality education. For me, it became crystal clear that education is the sure way to give all these children the best fighting chance in life,” she said.
Shakira said the inspiration behind the Barefoot Foundation was her exposure to children who, instead of attending school like her then, were forced to take jobs to survive or seen running barefoot in parks.
—Ailyn Agonia page 16

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