President Barack Obama is heading to Cartagena, Colombia to meet with 33 presidents and heads of state in the Summit of the Americas. And one important attendee is Colombian pop-star and philanthropist Shakira, who will take part of the summit to continue her activism work on behalf of disadvantaged children.
On Friday afternoon she will join the Conference with Americas Business Trust to help promote early childhood development policies in the private sector. In this conference she will join Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Costa Rica's current and first female president Laura Chinchilla, Chilean business man Sebastián Piñera and Prime minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller and Trinidad and Tobago premier Kamla Persad Bissessar.
On Saturday afternoon, she is scheduled to sing Colombia's national anthem at the opening ceremony in Cartagena.
And finally, on Sunday, Shakira will be meeting with President Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss with both presidents a plan to continue advancing children's education through her foundation Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation), which works with impoverished children. The foundation currently has five schools in different regions of Colombia and provides education and psychological support for more than 4,000 children.
Last year, Shakira was appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
The singer has been a longtime Obama supporter. Shakira endorsed him during the 2008 election and even performed at his inauguration.
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Colombian singer Shakira performs the Colombian National Anthem during the opening remarks of the Summit of the Americas at the Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala Convention Center in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Colombian singer Shakira holds a child during an event to hand over land titles to representatives of the Afro-Colombian community at the Plaza de San Pedro in Cartagena, Colombia on April 15, 2012. The land restititution is an attempt by Colombia to recognized marginalized communities who were forced from their land by armed groups. US President Barack Obama attended the event. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Colombian singer Shakira poses with France's minister for Culture and Communication Frederic Mitterrand after being awarded with the medal of knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on January 28, 2012 in the French southern city of Cannes.
Shakira arrives with Pique to the FIFA Ballon d'Or award at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.
Colombian musician Shakira claims her award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album during the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in November 2011.
Colombian actress Sofia Vergara presents Colombian singer Shakira with the Person of the Year Award onstage during the 12th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Honoree Shakira performs during at the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award ceremony.
Shakira is honored on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame in November 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Shakira took part in the President's Advisory Commission of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in Washington in October 2011.