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Shakira receives Humanitarian Award at World Economic Forum

18 January 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Davos, Bern, Switzerland (4E) – Shakira just received the Humanitarian Award at the World Economic Forum this year and she called for more early childhood education, which is about getting more children in pre-school, and talked about nurturing the future world leaders, which are the youth.

The Colombian singer said during the World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland that there should be more spending on early childhood education. She revealed more about her childhood in Colombia noting that she grew up during the war. Shakira said that if one really wants peace, people need to invest in education.

Shakira also called for world and business leaders to nurture the future leaders. She said that children, specifically underprivileged kids, should be fed, educated, and cared for as she believes that “today’s babies will drive tomorrow’s business” and that their capacity to contribute will shape tomorrow’s societies and will solve the problems of the future. She noted that there are still 250 million kids under 5 who are still at risk of being stunted physically and intellectually this 2017.

Shakira is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the exact award that the singer received was the Crystal Award in Davos for her humanitarian work. She is also the founder of Pies Descalzos Foundation, which is about working with underprivileged children in Colombia to help them have access to quality education.

Aside from Shakira, a humanitarian award was given to violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. She has an educational foundation that provides scholarships and finances for young musicians.

Actor Forest Whitaker was also given an award. He worked as an advocate for youth empowerment in violent and impoverished areas. Whitaker noted that his charity work in societies needs to have coordination with governments in order for it to flourish. He also noted the importance of grassroots activity.

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