Justin Bieber Just Popped Into a School Bus in India to Hang With Some Kids
In what is potentially the most adorable video released by Justin Bieber yet, the pop star showed up unannounced on a school bus full of underprivileged children in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday to hang out with them before his concert.
The kids jumped up to shake hands with the superstar as he asked them their names and asked for hugs. He doled out high fives to the smiling kids as well.
India is one of the world’s most densely populated places, with some 1.3 billion residents, 21% of whom live in poverty. And kids living poverty are often the ones that struggle — to complete an education, to help their families earn money, and to have childhoods uninterrupted by financial concerns.
Even though 98% of kids live within walking distance of a primary school and school is technically mandatory until 14 (soon to be 16), only 1% of girls in the country finish high school, and 60% leave by 10th grade.
As of now, the country projects that there are about 420 million young people who will face unemployment when they grow up unless they get an education and the country works to lower its poverty rate.
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