CARTAGENA: Colombian singer, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll has opened a new school in her native country of Colombia, ARY News has learnt.
Shakira funded the project via her Barefoot Foundation and the building, launched on Monday (February 24), will cater directly for 1,700 children of all ages.
The school is situated in the low-income neighborhood of Lomas del Lomas del Peyé in Cartagena and it is the eighth one to launch as a result of Shakira's charity.
The Singer told Billboard of the sixth Colombian school she has opened thus far "This is part of my advocacy: Promote access to universal education."
"I want to demonstrate through the Pies Descalzos model how we can change the lives, not only of the children who come to school, but also their families. Entire communities can be transformed when you have a school that functions properly.”