Yesterday Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa and Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA announced that they will be holding a 1GOAL international summit on how to achieve Education for All on the 7th July, which is during the World Cup in South Africa. This is the first time ever that an international summit has been held alongside a major international sporting event.
The organisers hope that the summit will give world leaders the chance to draw up a roadmap to ensure that every child is in school by the time the 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil.
At a press conference in Pretoria, President Zuma said:
For us education has to be the most important spin off [from the World Cup]. As government we plan to host a 1GOAL Education campaign summit on the 7th of July on the sidelines of the semi finals in Cape Town. If implemented successfully, this project will enable 72 million children who do not attend primary school currently to do so. It will be one of the most lasting legacies of the 2010 World Cup and we urge all nations of the world and the private sector internationally to support this campaign.
For the UK government, the summit could offer an opportunity to reaffirm the UK’s historic strong support for aid to education. The UK currently supports as many children in school outside the UK as within the UK (though at 2.5% of the cost) through its aid programmes, as Andrew Mitchell, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, proudly announced on the 3rd June, giving this as an example of effective and transparent UK aid. The continuation of effective UK support for education for all is crucial to enable those countries furthest from reaching education for all to make progress.
In our June grassroots action, RESULTS activists are writing to the Prime Minister to ask him to reaffirm the previous government’s pledges on education for all. If you haven’t yet written your letter to the Prime Minister, you could include the request that he or another high-level representative of the UK government attends the 1GOAL summit in Cape Town on the 7th July.
If you haven’t yet signed up to support the 1GOAL campaign and put pressure on our political leaders to do more to ensure every person has access to basic education, you can join by filling out the form on the RESULTS homepage.