Madonna lays first brick for her Malawi school

Afp April 10, 2010

CHINKHOTA: US pop star Madonna Tuesday laid the first brick at the 15 million dollar (11 million euro) girls' academy that she is building in Malawi, promising to bring quality education to young girls.

The singer and actress laid a stone with an inscription "Raising Malawi Academy for Girls" and the motto, Dare to Dream. "It has always been my dream to train women leaders who can help develop the country," Madonna said during the event.

The colourful ceremony at the site of the school in Chinkhota village, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the capital Lilongwe, was attended by education officials and curious villagers. "I grew up as a poor girl with my mother, I had no chance for good education," Madonna said. "It is my aim to see Malawian girls get the right education," she added.

The pop star was accompanied by her biological daughter Lourdes and her two other children, whom she adopted in Malawi


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