b-activists: Shakira visits Oval Office and talks immigration and children’s rights

photo courtesy of washingtonpost.com

photo courtesy of washingtonpost.com

So we all know the Columbian-Lebanese pop singer, Shakira.  We were all ears when she broke into the English music world withWhenever, Wherever in 2001. But did you know that she is also a full-on activist?  This past Monday, she met with the President and spoke to White House officials about several issues including immigration reform. White House officials told her that they were working towards reaching an agreement on legalizing undocumented immigrants.

In the same meeting, Shakira, UN Goodwill Ambassador and champion of children’s education met with the President of The World Bank, Robert Zoellick, to talk about her organization, ALAS, and its efforts to ensure childhood development and education in Latin America. She said:

It was such a privilege to sit down with the president in the Oval Office to discuss our shared commitment to education and early childhood development. We agreed that investing in our children is the smartest strategy governments can use to boost economic growth, fight poverty, and promote global security and peace.

It’s pretty clear that we need to find a way to connect with Shakira, because Shakira ended her successful trip to the capital by joining World Bank president, Robert Zoellick as he announced the $300 million Early Childhood Initiative to ambassadors, officials, and international organization leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean.

February 25, 2010 by ishita
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