Shakira Calls for Global Action on Education

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Shakira poses for a portrait on Oct. 15, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images

Watch the pop star and activist’s video for The Education Commission

Shakira appears in a new video calling for action on education.

“Our future generations will surpass our greatest expectations if we give them the tools to do so,” the pop star and activist says in a video for The International Commission on Financing Global Education (Also known as The Education Commission), that coincides with its new report on financing global education. “They have the talent the potential and the power to change the world for the better. But we know that their future will be written by how we act today... Education is their birthright, not a luxury.”

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Shakira, whose Pies Descalzos Foundation has built schools in Colombia, is a member of the United Nations commission, alongside current and former heads of state, Nobel laureates and education experts who include Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, former Mexican president Felipe Calderón, and Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of UNICEF.

The Commission’s report calls for national governments to “reform their education systems to maximize learning and efficiency and to ensure that every child has access to quality education, free from pre-primary to secondary levels, through the progressive and sustained increase of domestic financing.”

That amounts to a tripling of the to over three trillion dollars a year by 2030.


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