Shakira has opened a new school for underprivileged children in Colombia.

The 'Can't Remember To Forget You' singer went back to her home country to open the new facility on Monday (24.02.14), which has been funded by her Pies Descalzos charity.

She told Billboard.com: ''This is part of my advocacy: Promote access to universal education.

''I want to demonstrate through the Pies Descalzos model how we can change the lives, not only of the children who come to school, but also their families. Entire communities can be transformed when you have a school that functions properly.''

The school, located in Cartagena, will educate 1,700 needy children ranging from toddlers to teenagers.

Shakira brought 13-month-old Milan, her son with soccer star Gerard Piqué, with her for his first visit to Columbia, and got him a passport while they were there.

Talking about her hopes for the students of the school, she added: ''I'm so happy to see so many joyful faces in these students.

''They'll have the tools necessary to become good citizens, far from violence and drugs. We dream of the day in which there will be no child without an education in Colombia.''