Pop star Shakira has made an impassioned plea to world leaders to look after the development of our youngest children.

“Today’s babies will drive tomorrow’s business,” she said at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“Children’s capacity to contribute will shape tomorrow’s societies, will solve tomorrow’s problems.”

Shakira – who is a member of the influential Education Commission – made an impassioned speech yesterday on the importance of early childhood development when she accepted the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award for her humanitarian work.

And today, at a special question-and-answer session on education and early years learning at the Davos event, she said everyone can make a difference by raising awareness through social media.

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