Shakira opens new School in Colombia

Los Angeles: Pop singer Shakira inaugurated the eighth school funded by her non-profit foundation which will serve 1,700 needy children ranging from day care to high school age.

Shakira. Pic/Santa Banta 

The 37-year-old singer returned to her native Colombia to inaugurate the school, said Hollywood reporter. "I'm so happy to see so many joyful faces in these students," she said.

Shakira launched her foundation in 1997, naming it after her hit album Pies Descalzos. "This is part of my advocacy: Promote access to universal education," she said.

"They'll have the tools necessary to become good citizens, far from violence and drugs. We dream of the day in which there will be no child without an education in Colombia," she added. So far, hundreds of students have graduated from the foundation schools and have gone to college.

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