Madonna Starts Malawian Girls School

Star breaks ground on $15M project in children's homeland
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2009 4:39 PM CDT
US pop star Madonna, second from left, gestures before cutting the ribbon at the ground breaking ceremony for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Malawi, Monday, Oct, 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – Construction on a Malawian school for girls founded by Madonna began today. The singer has put up $15 million for the creation of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, which is expected to be finished in 2 years, the BBC reports. "Growing up in a privileged life, I took education for granted, but coming to Malawi has taught me a lot of things, and to learn to appreciate what life gives," Madonna said at today's ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"Research proves that young girls throughout the developing world are often left without opportunities to receive a comprehensive education,” said the entertainer, whose son David and daughter Mercy were born in Malawi. “I realized the best thing I could do was to build a school, a unique school that will create future female leaders, scientists, lawyers and doctors.”