Education beats poverty: join 1GOAL

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup just weeks away, now is the time to sign up and support the Global Campaign for Education’s 1GOAL campaign, in partnership with FIFA. You can sign up to the 1GOAL petition on the homepage of our website.

The campaign aims to ensure that every child has the opportunity to go to school, regardless of where they live in the world. The 2010 FIFA World Cup, the world’s single biggest sporting event, draws hundreds of millions of viewers from around the world. If all these viewers sign up to support the campaign it will send a really strong message to international leaders that education must be a priority.Why sign the 1GOAL petition?

Seventy-two million primary aged children across the globe are not in school. This figure is larger than the number of all primary school children across Europe, USA, Canada and Australia combined. While the overall number of children denied a basic education has decreased since 2000, progress has stagnated and current trends suggest that 56 million children will still be out of school by 2015. This trajectory can be changed with your support and the help of world leaders coming together during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. By joining 1GOAL, you can ask world leaders to achieve a lasting legacy of education for all.

Why Are So Many Children Not In School?

  • Living in areas of conflict: Conflict causes damage to schools and infrastructure, such as buildings, roads and houses. Teachers and children can find it difficult to reach their schools safely. Weak governments are often unable or unwilling to supply schools with resources and do not prioritise children’s fundamental right to education.
  • Health, disability and discrimination: Children living with disabilities (about a third of children out of school), illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and children discriminated against because of their background are often marginalised and never enrol in school. If they do enrol, they tend to drop out early or have low levels of attendance, preventing them from gaining a quality basic education.
  • Poverty: Millions of children do not attend school simply because they are too poor. Their families either cannot pay for school fees or children are put to work to support their families financially.

The Global Campaign for Education reports the following story from Uganda:

“My name is Nabirye Oliver and I’m around 9 years old. I live with my four sisters and two brothers in a small village in south-east Uganda. Our house is not yet fully built – it has two small bedrooms and a small poultry house which is still waiting for the chickens to arrive.

I was born blind but every morning I get up and dressed without my mother’s help. During the day I help her with washing plates and fetching water.

When my friends are around we play skipping and hide and seek. But when they go to school I’m alone with my mother.

When I was six I went to school and learnt to count to one hundred without any mistakes, but my family did not have enough money to keep me at school.

I feel bad staying at home when all my friends go”

Why Education Matters

Education is one of the most effective means of fighting poverty and vital to the empowerment of individuals. Lack of education is one of the root causes of poverty. Investing in education contributes to economic growth and yields higher wages. Education produces healthier populations and reduces the chances of being infected with HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, educated mothers are more likely to have healthier children and are more likely to send them to school, continuing the fight against poverty.

How You Can Help

You can join the over 8 million people who have already signed on to support the 1GOAL campaign. Your support can help secure the political commitment needed to increase national and international funding for education for everyone following the World Cup. Join celebrities, world leaders and World Cup footballers, including UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon, Bono, Shakira and Michael Owen, who have already pledged their support by joining the 1GOAL team through the form on our website.

To take action in the longer term, you can join a local RESULTS group. Our June campaigning action is to call on our new Prime Minister, David Cameron to prioritise support for education in the developing world.

If you are a teacher or a student, your school can get involved with the Global Campaign for Education’s Send My Friend to School campaign – see for more details.

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