ENGLISH SPEECH | SHAKIRA: Education Changes the World (English Subtitles)


Good morning Your Highness, excellences, friends,
and colleagues. I would like to thank you for the opportunity
to be here today. It’s also an honor to join forces with Educated
Child, an organization led by a woman who is an amazing role model — a woman who has
shown such relentless dedication to getting every child in school. This is such an exciting day for us because
it marks the beginning of a new era in my home country Colombia. Most of you may know me as an artist, as an
entertainer, and that’s indeed my calling and what I’ve been doing since I was 13 years
old, but I never would have imagined when I started out that my work as an artist would
end up being the vehicle for me to serve my greater purpose in life of working towards
eradicating poverty through the power of Education. As a Colombian citizen inequality as a concept
that sadly one becomes very familiar with at a very young age. It’s a country like many others in Latin America
where a few have a lot; a lot have almost nothing and where if you’re born poor, you
will almost certainly die poor. Where people don’t access equal opportunities,
and because of that generation after generation, after generation live trapped in the same
vicious cycle fed by prejudice and inaction. Growing up in my country when I was around
eight years old, I remember I saw kids my age who, instead of being in school were already
working in the streets, were barefoot in the park. Kids like me whose reality was completely
different than mine only because of the circumstances into which they were born. It was really hard for me to accept that to
accept that something so unjust didn’t have a solution. There had to be something that could be done. So I often asked myself why the adults, around
me were so resigned to the fact that these kids who were just like me or even their own
children we’re living in a parallel reality so different and so cruel. As Kofi Annan put it, poverty is intolerable
in a world of plenty, so as soon as I had some success, the first thing I wanted to
do was to invest as many resources I could into what later would become the most meaningful
project of my life, working for children. So I set out to find a team, a team of people
who dream big and worked hard and thought like me to help me right the wrongs that I
had witnessed throughout my entire childhood, and that’s when our foundation The Barefoot
Foundation, ‘Pies Descalzos Fundacion’ was born. I knew, and I was only 18 years old then,
but I knew that I wanted to focus on children and improving their lives, but I didn’t know
where to start. So, I really felt that I needed to learn what
the roots of inequality and low social mobility were. So, I decided to study the reasons why children
were working in the streets or why some children were being recruited by the violent organizations,
like the paramilitary or the guerrillas, why were so many children suffering from chronic
malnutrition and I realized that most of the issues that children face in my country had
and have a common denominator; the lack of access to quality education. To me, it became crystal clear that Education
was a surest way to give all these kids the best fighting chance of improving their circumstances
in life because Education is the great equalizer. When I started building schools in Colombia,
which shows the most remote areas, areas where there was literally nothing, no infrastructure,
no paved roads, no electricity, no potable water, and we decided to build in those places
but not only build schools but state-of-the-art schools. Schools with comprehensive models that included
ECD programs, school feeding programs, parent and teacher training, and another very important
part is we’ve decided to engage the government as a strategic partner and made it nearly
impossible for them to say no to doing their part by showing them results through our holistic
model that really proved to work. We noticed that as soon as a school is built
in those places, everything is transformed. The improvements to the infrastructure were
jaw-dropping electricity, and potable water were made available, made accessible. Roads were paved, malnutrition plummeted,
but the best part of all is the academic results, the kids really responded academically, and
now those kids who could have been recruited by the guerrillas or paramilitaries or that
could have had a completely different outcomes for their lives, they’re now on their way
to the University and thriving in their communities. Some of them are athletes; some of them are
professionals. That’s why… I’m so…It really is a thrill to work for
Education that’s why I’m so passionate about it because I’ve really seen results that are
as palpable as this podium and seeing all these success stories that have a name and
a last name has been the one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my lifetime even more
so than winning Grammys, I think. Now that said, our work is far from being
done, many developing countries are still rife with inequality and internal conflict,
and there are a lot of kids who still need to be reached. History is not only the past. History it’s made every day in the present,
and what matters now is how we go forward and how we’ll fix what’s wrong, and that is
the real challenge. This is the goal of the SDGs and what people
like Her Highness and myself, and so many more of you who are adamant about achieving
are here for. Facts don’t lie, and numbers show what an
incredible return on investment a quality education provides. For instance, if all students in low-income
countries left primary school with basic reading skills, a hundred and seventy-one million
people could be lifted out of poverty. Systemic change often begins from the bottom
up rather than the top down. The government must take responsibility, and
we should all put as much pressure as we possibly can, but the rest of all the civil society
should also do their part. What we have discovered both here IPS discuss
and educated child is that many times only one single barrier to entry, such as no access
to transportation or basic needs like a functioning bathroom, can prevent a kid from attending
school or even put them at risk of dropping out. Sometimes all it takes to change a child’s
life is the security of a hot meal in school or the ease of being able to hop on a bus
that will leave you safely at your classroom door, it’s as simple as that, and these are
simple interventions, and they don’t cost a lot. The biggest effort really is in mapping the
communities; in going door-to-door searching for the out of school children talking to
the parents talking to their families, giving a name and putting a story behind these children
is the first step to start rewriting their story. Over the next three years, we pledge to get
fifty-four thousand kids who are out of school or at risk of drop out into the educational
system. Ultimately, more than two hundred ninety-five
thousand people will benefit from this project, including children, teachers, families, and
community members. New schools and classrooms will be built,
school kits and uniforms will be distributed; children will be enrolled in school, feeding,
and transportation programs. Teachers will be trained in strategies and
how to identify those students who are at risk so they can receive psycho-social support,
and we are extremely confident that this partnership is only the beginning and will be the model
to replicate throughout my country until not a single child is out of school. This is our responsibility…Thank you…This
is our responsibility to our children and our debt to fulfill for the generations to
come. Thank you very much.

45 Comments

  1. Ashirbad Rath said:

    1st comment

    January 18, 2020
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  2. ayush tiwari said:

    1 comments

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  3. IAS MOTIVATIONAL JUNCTION said:

    Nice 😊👍

    January 18, 2020
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  4. Karan Singh #Dance said:

    Nyc

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  5. Santosh watiya said:

    Education is training of mind not collection of knowledge.

    January 18, 2020
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  6. Dipu Mohanta said:

    🙏🙏🙏

    January 18, 2020
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  7. Aman Khan Bihari said:

    Masha Allah from India

    January 18, 2020
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  8. sachin jadhav said:

    Nice

    January 18, 2020
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  9. Tabacchum Taba said:

    after many days

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  10. Rating- Official said:

    Education is important for everyone in the world 👍😍😍

    January 18, 2020
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  11. inderpreet kaur said:

    Education is powerful weapon which change the world

    January 18, 2020
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  12. manish kumar pal said:

    Good speech

    January 18, 2020
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  13. Kumar Ankush said:

    "History is not only the past, but also it makes in present. " well said

    January 18, 2020
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  14. Ramasamy Varathan said:

    If one gets education it will help for his whole generation.

    January 18, 2020
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  15. Jacobo González Cerdán said:

    Nice!! I love your videos

    January 18, 2020
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  16. Prabhaharan Vellaipandi said:

    Came here to learn english but learned how important education is.thanks shakira.

    January 18, 2020
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  17. Expert classes said:

    it's really good

    January 18, 2020
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  18. Rabiya Khatoon said:

    Education is most important thing…

    January 18, 2020
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  19. Neymar Jawahar said:

    Is she not from Spain?? 😳

    January 18, 2020
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  20. Reflexive Domain said:

    Education is as much more important as survival.

    January 18, 2020
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  21. Pedro González said:

    Grasias gran corazón y palabras sabias grasias Pedro x desde Miami

    January 18, 2020
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  22. Mouhamadou Coulibaly said:

    Really very important lesson

    January 18, 2020
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  23. Alfiya Ansari said:

    The multi-talented & kind hearted woman..Shakira"
    Education takes us away from barbarism..

    January 18, 2020
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  24. Asif Ali said:

    Very lucrative speech.

    January 18, 2020
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  25. saurabh kumar said:

    Great work, Congo to sakira and the English speeches team who brought this to us

    January 18, 2020
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  26. Jainul Aabedeen said:

    Thank you English Speeches 👍

    January 18, 2020
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  27. Gogul48 said:

    Buraya kadar araç olarak gelen ve bu bildiyiniz dünyayı yönetmede gerçek bilgi degil şakira,işte burada yanıldınız!dünyayı yöneten dil türkçe, türkçe yazılım.çünkü dünyayı bir yazılım yönetiyor buda türkçe dili ile yapıldı bunu ileride yaşayıp şu yazılana dönecekler.

    January 18, 2020
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  28. Laxmi Raghava said:

    I m proud of my profession

    January 18, 2020
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  29. gaurav kumar said:

    I was already a huge fan of yours now i also become a huge fan of your inner self

    January 18, 2020
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  30. Tamim Iqbal said:

    Your motivational video's Insects change our life style.

    January 18, 2020
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  31. Deepika Audi said:

    I really appreciate your work..and today I have learned a lot from you.. this video is very inspiring
    She is incredible ❤️❤️ love you from (India)

    January 18, 2020
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  32. JULIO SELEMIAS INFANTE QUISPE said:

    Gente publica apoyemos en mejorar la política

    January 18, 2020
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  33. Murshedul Alam Arefin said:

    🖤

    January 18, 2020
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  34. Cacau Carmo said:

    I like Shakira, good speech.

    January 18, 2020
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  35. purushottam yadav said:

    Well said sakira,, quality education is only way to minimize inequality, but I belong to country like India, where govt and civilian, Focus less on primary education

    January 18, 2020
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  36. pankaj gupta said:

    So nice

    January 18, 2020
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  37. Vidya prakash Dwivedi said:

    Really commendable job by you.

    January 18, 2020
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  38. Dhanraj Pal said:

    This channel is very imp for all who wants to learn English languages.
    And amazing speakers to speech here….

    January 18, 2020
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  39. maheema Ranaraja said:

    Good video ♥️

    January 18, 2020
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  40. Sumesh Sahoo said:

    History is not only the past
    History it's made every day in the present , nice line

    January 18, 2020
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  41. Michelangelo Larosa said:

    healing balm for my ears

    January 18, 2020
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  42. Noel Piyasundara said:

    Education is the most important thing in this world. It can change our destiny who agree with me?

    January 18, 2020
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  43. Noel Piyasundara said:

    Tell me your story that education change your destiny

    January 18, 2020
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  44. vishnu Vinod said:

    Education is very important in the world. ……

    January 18, 2020
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  45. Murtaza Anwari said:

    Who is the fans of Shakira raise your hand

    January 18, 2020
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