White House staffers may wish they'd gotten to work early Monday morning: Latin superstar Shakira was there to discuss early childhood education efforts.
"Shakira met with the president and vice president today at the White
House to discuss their shared interest in early childhood development
and education," said Trevor Neilson of the Global Philanthropy Group,
which advises the singer.
The Colombian songbird endorsed Barack Obama during the election and performed at his Inauguration. Her White House visit was one of a number of stops she was making in D.C. on Monday, touting the need for education efforts in the developing world.
The singer, who recently founded the ALAS Foundation Shakira Mebarak, will meet with World Bank President Robert Zoellick at 1 p.m. to launch the "Early Childhood Initiative: An Investment for Life."
The initiative will provide $300 million to help create Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.