Madonna Launches Education Campaign in Malawi
Pop star Madonna is visiting Malawi to see construction of a school for orphaned girls that she funded. She’s also launching a new education campaign using mobile technology.
"Knowledge is power and every child in this world deserves to have an education, and for me there's no better way to end poverty and suffering in the world then to end ignorance in the world and to allow and advocate education for children everywhere."
Accompanied by her daughters Lourdes and Mercy, Madonna will watch the first bricks laid at her school, The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, located in Chinkhota village.
She is also scheduled to visit the Millennium Village — a United Nations-backed project to fight poverty — along with economist Jeffrey Sachs and CEO of consumer electronics firm Ericsson Hans Vestberg. Madonna and Vestberg will formally announce an education campaign on Tuesday.
The school became the subject of controversy in Malawi last November when villagers demanded more money for the land that the government has leased to the orphan’s school.
Madonna’s "Raising Malawi "charity began in 2006.