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| 2/23/2010 12:00:00 AM

Shakira goes to Washington

Feb 23--Shakira was using her voice and star power here in Washington, D.C. to support the ALAS foundation which encourages early childhood development education in the Latin American world (Interview).

VAN SUSTEREN: You were here because of ALAS?

SHAKIRA: Yes. I was here to meet with the president's education staff and National Security Council. And also I had the privilege to meet with President Obama in the Oval Office today to discuss early childhood development initiatives.
 
I know that this is a cause close to his heart and a high priority for this administration. So I wanted to see how I can be helpful to the administration in any kind of way to continue promoting early childhood development strategies around the world and within the U.S.
 
VAN SUSTEREN: What is ALAS? How do you describe it?
 
SHAKIRA: It is coalition of artists, intellectuals and academics and business leaders who have all come together to promote early childhood development initiatives, to defend the right that our children have in those first years, those first six years of their lives, to receive education and nutrition and proper care.
 
Read more here.
 
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