Advising Obama on education issues a great honour: Shakira

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2011, 13:34 PM IST

London: Pop sensation Shakira, who has been appointed to US President Barack Obama`s education committee to share her advice, says she is "humbled" to receive the honour.

The `Hips Don`t Lie` hitmaker was named a member of the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics earlier this week and she was officially handed the position during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on October 6, Daily Express reported.

Shakira, 34, who has long been involved with educational issues in her homeland through her Barefoot Foundation, admits the position is a "great honour" for her.

"Being here today is a tremendous honour for me. I am thankful to President Obama and I am humbled that my philanthropic experience could be helpful in some measure and can be used to amplify the message and work of the President and this Commission...

"I hope that through my appointment to this commission, I will be able to share what I`ve learned through the 15 years I have been involved in the education of Latino children. I am sure you will agree with me that race and ethnicity shouldn`t be factors in the success of any child...," she said.

"The Obama administration has made a point to improve Latino education and ? as I spoke to the President previously ? I am extremely passionate about working with the White House to plan an early childhood education summit in the coming year... Thank you again, this is a great honour for me, I am so happy to be here," she added.

PTI