Shakira Joins Forces with FC Barcelona to Promote Education

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Shakira's Fundación Pies Descalzos has teamed up with her beau Gerard Pique's futbol team FC Barcelona to pool their resources in an effort to help underprivileged kids in Latin America.

With the aim of creating two educational centers, one in Colombia and one in the United States, Shakira and FC Barcelona are hoping that they will be able to accomplish much more as a unified force. The centers will focus on using sports to teach and pass along integral values such as solidarity, hard work, loyalty, translations, friendship, sacrifice and tolerance. The character building will be combined with a focus on educational excellence.

Shakira will be the face of the new partnership, which has been in the works since 2010. As she accepted her award as Artist of the Year from the Harvard Foundation she told the students gathered to hear her speak: What I am is a small woman with a big voice. A woman who has been blessed with a great platform to give voice to those who do not have one. As a child of the developing world, it is my< duty to use this voice in every way possible to promote the message of the power of education to change lives.

Shaki, you may be a small woman but you never cease to amaze us with the size of your heart.

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