Colombian singer Shakira met with world leaders in Israel on Tuesday (21Jun11) to discuss the need for free, quality education for all children.
The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador toured the Max Payne Hand In Hand School for Bilingual Education in Jerusalem, where every class is taught teachers of Jewish and Palestinian descent - to show her support for better learning programs.
She says, "I'm convinced, as many people are, that investing in education is the best strategy for peace and global stability.
"My visit to Max Payne school today here in Jerusalem - an inspirational school where students learn together, across all divides, speaking both Arabic and Hebrew, learning and playing together without difference - only reminded me, once again, that the most crucial decisions we can make for a better tomorrow concern how to raise and educate our children."
The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Hips Don't Lie hitmaker is in the Middle East for the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, where she will be a featured speaker at the three-day Facing Tomorrow 2011 event.
Shakira has been working to improve education and nutrition for kids from impoverished areas in Colombia, South Africa and Haiti via her Barefoot Foundation.
She will take part in the Conference's opening discussion, entitled My Recipe for a Better Tomorrow, on Tuesday (21Jun11), alongside a panel which also includes Jewish comedienne Sarah Silverman.
The Israeli Presidential Conference is expected to draw more than 3,500 attendees from the worlds of science, culture, economics, politics, education and philanthropy.