Following in the steps of Madonna and Angelina Jolie, singer Katy Perry took a trip to Madagascar in support of Unicef to help draw attention to the problems faced by many on the island. Perry visited school children and sat in on a few classes in a primary school rebuilt after it had been destroyed by a tropical cyclone. The singer also witnessed a range of programs in education, nutrition, health, child protection, sanitation and hygiene.
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Perry participated in simple hand washing activities, jumping rope in the playground and pumping water at a well.
Speaking on the importance of education in one of the poorest countries in the world, she said:
“An education is such an incredible opportunity here. Most kids don’t get the opportunity to be educated. Sometimes that’s because of their families, or having to help out or having to make a living at a very young age, or it’s cultural, or there isn’t a school that’s provided for them.
“So I think it’s an incredible, wonderful, miracle of an opportunity, to have a school here on top of this mountain – and I think that the fact that they walk for 45 minutes at 6 o’clock in the morning in 2013, is a testament to how appreciative they are about their education.”
Katy Perry seemed to have fun as she jumped rope with kids in Madagascar, but it was also a learning experience for the pop star.
“In less than one week here in Madagascar, I went from crowded city slums to the most remote villages and my eyes were widely opened by the incredible need for a healthy life – nutrition, sanitation, and protection against rape and abuse,” Perry said in a release from UNICEF, talking about a trip she took last week.
On her first visit in support of the organization, Perry saw a full range of programs, from education, nutrition, health and child protection, to water, sanitation and hygiene. According to UNICEF, she began her trip in the capital of Antananarivo, where she she visited a child protection center and met abused and abandoned children and young mothers. Perry also visited a UNICEF-supported pre-school and a primary school.
On April 5, she joined girls jumping rope during a visit to a primary school in the village of Ampihaonana in Analanjirofo Region. There, she learned that children and teachers walk 45 minutes just to get to school. At another school, she participated in hand-washing with the kids.
Schooling rates in Madagascar are low, says UNICEF. Only 3 children out of every 10 who start primary school complete the cycle. And some two-thirds of teachers have not received any formal training. UNICEF and national school authorities are working to improve the situation through school construction and providing learning materials, training for teachers and supporting community action plans for education.
Katy Perry Leaving Madagascar After UNICEF Trip on April 8, 2013 – Hi Res Photos
The unfortunate and all-too-common scheduling conflict will prevent Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler from appearing at the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo (the singer was announced as a keynote interview and honoree back in January) on April 18.
Instead, the rocker has committed to take part in “the first naked chat room on Google+ Hangout,” he announced on April 5, adding, “Be there or be square, I don’t want to hear you don’t have anything to wear.”
The online confab will take place on Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. PST / 9:30 p.m. EST, during which Tyler will be interviewed by entertainment journalist Roger Friedman — no word yet on whether the Showbiz411 columnist is also planning to be in the buff.
Tyler will answer select questions tweeted to @ASCAPEXPO and using the hashtag #AskSteven.
The reason for the cancelation: Aerosmith’s Australian tour requires the band to arrive earlier. Said Tyler in a statement apologizing to Expo attendees: “Due to the lack of time travel, and the shuttle being mothballed, I can’t make it in time to be with you.”
Tyler and bandmate Joe Perry were also due to appear at the organization’s Pop Music Awards on April 17 and receive the ASCAP Founders award.
I’ve added new high quality photos of Katy Perry poses for a photograph with women on a visit to a primary school that was rebuilt by UNICEF after it was destroyed by a cyclone in Ampihaonana, Madagascar. According to UNICEF, Perry is visiting the organization’s programmes in health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, child protection and youth development to focus attention on the situation of children in the country.
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