Is education a human right? That's the question one of my fav singers, Shakira, posed Congress this week as part of her work on behalf of the Global Campaign for Education.
From AFP: Colombian-born pop sensation Shakira went before the US Congress Tuesday seeking support for legislation that would provide US aid for basic education programs for children in poor nations.
And just before addressing Congress, Shakira spoke with British PM Gordon Brown about her efforts with politicians like my homegirl Hillary to raise the level of U.S. spending on universal education from $456 million to $3 billion a year by 2012. Makes my week of meetings and memos seem abysmally unimportant.
You can listen to an interview with Shakira about the Education for All Act on NPR.
Though I'm not sure how voters are going to feel about pumping money into more foreign aid, there is no question that this is a worthy cause, and that Shakira is of a rare breed of entertainers who manages to keep her game classy and inspiring.