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I am pleased to announce that this year Grammy award-winning artist Shakira will be the Honorary Chairperson of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) “Action Week” from April 21-27, 2008. Shakira will appear in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 22, with members of Congress as well as students who are coming from across the United States to raise awareness for the bipartisan Education for All Act of 2007 (EFA). You can help raise awareness by telling your senators or representatives to support the EFA Act by going here.

We are thrilled that Shakira, who has a long background of supporting education for poor children, has agreed to be Honorary Chairperson of Education Action Week. Her participation is invaluable for raising awareness of the importance of ensuring every child around the world gets a quality education.

In addition to the activities in DC, the GCE is organizing a global event to set a new world record for World’s Biggest Lesson. The lesson focuses on the importance of receiving a quality education and we anticipate that over 5 million children and young people worldwide will participate in the record-breaking attempt. By taking part in this activity, you will be joining millions of your peers around the globe who will be learning – at the exact same time – about the barriers that young people face all over the world in accessing a quality education.

Add your voice to this record-breaking attempt! Register your participation in the World’s Biggest Lesson now – www.campaignforeducationusa.org. You can also join our Facebook and MySpace groups to keep up to date on all Action Week activities.

Together we can make a difference. Thank you for all that you do!

-Gene Sperling, US Chair, Global Campaign for Education

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