On Wednesday the Grammy-winner dedicated a $6 million school to her hometown in La Playa district on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Sponsorship was taken by her foundation, Pies Descalzos, which means "barefoot" in Spanish.
The black-gowned Shakira was accompanied by President Alvaro Uribe, who decked her with a medal. The school which covers an area of 13,000-square-meter (140,000-sq.-ft.) will provide education to 1,800 students and is the fifth that the singer-songwriter's foundation has built such a building.
Shakira commented that the work of her foundation is all about "breaking the myth that quality education is the privilege of the few."
As a teenager, the famous pop singer Shakira fought illiteracy, went to an unsophisticated school in the humble La Playa district of her hometown on Colombia's Caribbean coast.