Kicking off third annual Presidential Conference after visiting joint Israeli-Arab school in Jerusalem, Colombian pop singer and UN goodwill ambassador says Holy Land is 'perfect place to talk about how urgent it is to invest in education'
"The most crucial decision we can make for a better tomorrow is how we educate our children," she said, speaking alongside her host, President Shimon Peres.
"How wonderful it would be if the world would act like a team. We have so many challenges ahead of us, so many problems to solve, This is the time to behave like a team, to wear the same T-shirts and to win the match of discrimination, to win the match of inequality and segregation."
In an interview with The Associated Press, Shakira said she had great respect and love for the people of Israel.
"I'm very proud of my Lebanese heritage ... but it has nothing to do with the fact that I respect and have great affection for this country and the people of this country, both Israelis and Palestinians, and that's why I'm here, because I think that kids need us — kids don't understand about conflicts," she said.
Shakira said her experience in developing countries and charitable foundations persuaded her that investing in future generations was the answer.
"I am convinced that the road to peace has to be traveled hand in hand with education because that is the only way perhaps that we are going to achieve global stability and peace," she told the AP.