Even while pregnant with her first child, Shakira is staying busy as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

The "Hips Don't Lie" singer spoke to a group of young girls in Azerbaijan ... stressing the importance of education and child development.

The songstress released the following statement:

    “The government of Azerbaijan, as well as the civil society in general, should work hand-in-hand to be able to guarantee that every child goes to school.”

Shakira and her beau Gerard Pique are expecting their baby in September.