Shakira Speaks Up for Children

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International singing sensation Shakira spoke out on behalf of children at the 6th Annual Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia last weekend.

 The Colombian singer joined 30 world leaders at the summit, including President Barack Obama who appointed Shakira to his Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in October.

The annual summit brings regional leaders together to discuss common issues, challenges and the initiatives taken to improve life for people throughout the Americas. 

Shakira took the stage alongside President Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to speak out about early childhood development.

She told the audience she is “optimistic” about the presidents’ commitment to education in the Manifesto Against Poverty and Inequality, which was introduced during the three-day summit.

The singer also said she was committed to serving on Obama’s advisory board, and working with Santos to build new education centers in Colombia.

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