Shakira Receives Humanitarian Award and Urges the World to Advocate for Children

Your favorite colombiana has added yet another achievement to her growing resume. On Monday, Shakira received a humanitarian award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

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The singer graciously accepted the Crystal Award from Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation Hilde Schwab. Shakira took the stage, where she used her short speech time to shed light on the issue of education for children. “We should be devastated that, in 2017, there are still 250 million kids under 5 who are still at risk, who will likely be stunted physically and intellectually," she explained. Shakira continued by drawing the conclusion that that means nearly the population of an entire country the size of the United States is left without poverty. 

Luckily, Shak has suggestions to move in the direction of solving the problem. "We need to apply the brains and strategies of business and the assets and human resources and talents of your companies to do social good and to solve social problems," sheh said, calling on the world's top business and academic leaders to help initiate change. "Today's babies will drive tomorrow's business. Their capacity to contribute will shape tomorrow's societies, will solve tomorrow's problems."

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The 39-year-old is no stranger to philanthropic efforts. In December of 2016, the singer's school Fundacíon Pies Descalzos was named the #1 best official educational institute in Colombia. She first opened the school back in 1997, just after her first international hit. Since then, she has been racking in the awards and recognitions, including an honor as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF and a Member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for the Hispanic population. Thus far, more than 10,000 children and 67,000 young adults have benefited from Shakira's efforts through the school.