Shakira Speech: Education Changes the World

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Shakira Speech: Education Changes the World

Watch this famous Shakira Speech. Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. The pop star, who has been championing children’s right to education through her Barefoot Foundation, shared the significant changes that happened in the lives of children and families since her organization started building schools in the most remote areas of her home country Columbia. Enjoy our Speeches with big English subtitles and keep your English learning journey.


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Shakira Quote:

Shakira Quote

“In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.” Shakira

Shakira full TRANSCRIPT:

“Good morning Your Highness, excellences, friends, and colleagues. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be here today. It’s also an honor to join forces with Educated Child, an organization led by a woman who is an amazing role model — a woman who has shown such relentless dedication to getting every child in school.

This is such an exciting day for us because it marks the beginning of a new era in my home country Colombia. Most of you may know me as an artist, as an entertainer, and that’s indeed my calling and what I’ve been doing since I was 13 years old, but I never would have imagined when I started out that my work as an artist would end up being the vehicle for me to serve my greater purpose in life of working towards eradicating poverty through the power of Education.

As a Colombian citizen inequality as a concept that sadly one becomes very familiar with at a very young age. It’s a country like many others in Latin America where a few have a lot; a lot have almost nothing and where if you’re born poor, you will almost certainly die poor. Where people don’t access equal opportunities, and because of that generation after generation, after generation live trapped in the same vicious cycle fed by prejudice and inaction.

Growing up in my country when I was around eight years old, I remember I saw kids my age who, instead of being in school were already working in the streets, were barefoot in the park. Kids like me whose reality was completely different than mine only because of the circumstances into which they were born.

It was really hard for me to accept that to accept that something so unjust didn’t have a solution. There had to be something that could be done. So I often asked myself why the adults, around me were so resigned to the fact that these kids who were just like me or even their own children we’re living in a parallel reality so different and so cruel. As Kofi Annan put it, poverty is intolerable in a world of plenty, so as soon as I had some success, the first thing I wanted to do was to invest as many resources I could into what later would become the most meaningful project of my life, working for children. So I set out to find a team, a team of people who dream big and worked hard and thought like me to help me right the wrongs that I had witnessed throughout my entire childhood, and that’s when our foundation The Barefoot Foundation, ‘Pies Descalzos Fundacion’ was born.
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