Madonna lays first brick for her Malawi school

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Madonna pose la première pierre de son école au Malawi.

Madonna lays brick for new African girls' academy
By RAPHAEL TENTHANI, Associated Press Writer – 06/04/2010

LILONGWE, Malawi – Madonna laid the first brick of her new girls' academy near Malawi's capital Tuesday, in which she encouraged Malawian girls to "dare to dream," according to the inscription on the brick.
The pop star said it has long been her dream to build a girls' school. She said she hopes the girls attending the academy will go on to become doctors, lawyers and future leaders of their country.
The $15 million Raising Malawi Academy for Girls is scheduled to open in 2011, and will assist 500 orphaned children.
At the same event, Madonna also launched a telecommunications and fundraising initiative that aims to provide education to children around the world by offering secondary school scholarships and by supporting schools in developing countries in accessing the internet.
"Kids will be able to connect with kids from the other parts of the world," the singer said. "This will promote peace throughout the world."
Telecommunications giant Ericsson will donate computers to various schools in 11 African countries through the United Nations Millennium Village initiative, where model villages are established to demonstrate how the quality of life in African rural areas can be improved through community-led development.
Daughters Lourdes and Mercy accompanied Madonna to Tuesday's ceremony.
The pop diva looked relaxed as she used a trowel to turn the earth. She wore a long-sleeved striped top, white cotton slacks, a patterned scarf and pale ballet flats. She also wore a black-banded straw hat and dark sunglasses on the sunny day.
Madonna arrived in Malawi on Monday for a weeklong charity tour to inspect projects she established since her first visit in 2006 while filming a documentary on its devastating poverty and AIDS crisis.
Madonna has adopted two Malawian children, David Banda and Mercy Chifundo James, both four. She also funds six Malawian orphanages, which feed, clothe and educate some 25,000 orphans.

Source: AP.


Madonna lays first brick for her Malawi school
by Felix Mponda Felix Mponda – Tue Apr 6, 9:30 am ET

CHINKHOTA, Malawi (AFP) – 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.
Madonna, who funds several initiatives in the southern African country, broke ground and planted a tree in October last year for the school, which will admit 500 girls from poor backgrounds.
The school is modelled on a similar academy built by US television talk show host Oprah Winfrey in South Africa.
The iconic singer, who is known for her dramatic music performances and occasional films, arrived in the impoverished southern African country on Monday.
Upon her arrival, she told journalists that "It's good to be back in my adopted country".
Education Minister George Chaponda lauded Madonna's project for helping educate girls from a poor background.
"There is continued cooperation between the government and Madonna's charity, which is involved in several initiatives to help end poverty," said Chaponda.
Construction of the academy was delayed over a dispute between her charity and some 200 villagers who claimed they were not adequately compensated for the land used to build the school.
The government forcibly removed the villagers, who were paid 500,000 dollars in compensation by Madonna's charity Raising Malawi.
She has already built a multi-purpose community centre at Mphandula village, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Lilongwe, which looks after more than 8,000 orphans from scores of villages in the area.
In 2006, the chart-topping musician adopted a baby boy, David Banda, who is now four years old.
In April 2009, she came back into the country to file for the adoption of Mercy James, who was placed at an orphanage following the death of her mother.
The controversial adoption of Mercy was initially denied but later granted after an appeal.
A man claiming to be the girl's father threatened to block the adoption, claiming that he was not consulted by the singer.
The case also raised the ire of child activists who accused Madonna of flouting the country's adoption laws.
Malawi is one of the world's poorest nations, with more than half of the population of 13 million living on less than one dollar a day.

Source: AFP.


Madonna lays foundations for Malawi leadership academy
by Felix Mponda Felix Mponda – 06/04/2010

CHINKHOTA, Malawi (AFP) – Madonna said she wanted to enable young girls to become the next generation of leaders in one of Africa's poorest nations as she laid the foundations Monday of a new academy she is bankrolling.
"It has always been my dream to train women leaders who can help develop the country," the pop megastar said as she laid a stone with an inscription "Raising Malawi Academy for Girls" and the motto, Dare to Dream.
The 15 million dollar (11 million euro) academy for girls in Chinkhota is the latest sign of Madonna's growing commitment to Malawi, the native land of her two adopted children.
"I grew up as a poor girl with my mother, I had no chance for good education," she told education officials and curious villagers at the colourful ceremony, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) outside the capital Lilongwe.
"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 the two children whom she adopted in Malawi.
Madonna, who funds several initiatives in the southern African country, broke ground and planted a tree in October last year for the school, which will admit 500 girls from poor backgrounds.
The school is modelled on a similar academy built by US television talk show host Oprah Winfrey in South Africa.
"It is my dream that the girls who come to this school will go to college and becomes doctors and lawyers and be future leaders of their country," said the singer.
She also launched a project called "Connect to Learn", an initiative by the global telecommunications company Ericsson, which enables school children from around the world to interact over the net.
"Kids will be able to connect with kids from the other parts of the world. This will promote peace throughout the world," she said.
Ericsson chief executive Hanz Vestburg said communication was a basic human right.
"With Connect to Learn, children in secondary schools should be able to obtain education from around the world," said Vestburg.
Construction of the academy was delayed over a dispute between her charity and some 200 villagers who claimed they were not adequately compensated for the land used to build the school.
The government forcibly removed the villagers, who were paid 500,000 dollars in compensation by Madonna's charity Raising Malawi.
She has already built a multi-purpose community centre at Mphandula village, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Lilongwe, which looks after more than 8,000 orphans from scores of villages in the area.
After arriving in Malawi on Monday, Madonna told journalists that "it's good to be back in my adopted country".
In 2006, the chart-topping musician adopted a baby boy, David Banda and in April 2009 returned to Malawi to file for the adoption of Mercy James, who was placed at an orphanage following the death of her mother.
The controversial adoption of Mercy was initially denied but later granted on appeal.
A man claiming to be the girl's father threatened to block the adoption, claiming that he was not consulted by the singer.
The case also raised the ire of child activists who accused Madonna of flouting the country's adoption laws.
Malawi is one of the world's poorest nations, with more than half of the population of 13 million living on less than one dollar a day.

Source: AFP.

Madonna with her adopted daughter Mercy James during a visit to Gumulira Millennium villages in Mchinji, Malawi on April 5, 2010
US pop star Madonna, seen here with her adopted daughter Mercy James during a visit to Gumulira Millennium villages in Mchinji, west of Lilongwe, has laid the first brick at the $15 million girls' academy she is building in Malawi, promising to bring quality education to young girls.
Photo: AFP/Amos Gumulira.

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