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How 1Goal made a difference at the UN

The UN Millennium Development Goals Summit came to a close last week. There’s still a lot to sort through from the negotiations and announcements, but a few key facts are already clear.

Firstly, thanks to your help we have made some important strides towards guaranteeing every child the education they deserve. New pledges from several governments including Australia alongside pledges from the World Bank mean a likely increase in aid to primary education by around $700 million a year for the next 5 years.

Because of what happened last week over 4 million more children could have the opportunity to go to school for the first time. That’s more than the number of primary school children in London, New York and Paris combined – a great result for all of us that have called for action on Education for All this year.

Secondly, it’s clear much more must be done. With too few countries keeping their promises millions of children will still be denied the chance in life that an education brings. Several countries have indicated they will release their plans in a few months time. Our work must go on and we need to use these new announcements to throw down a challenge to other donors to come forward in the coming months.

Lastly, we want to say thank you for your support so far. There’s no doubt that the voices of the millions in the Global Campaign for Education’s 1GOAL campaign were heard — and you made a difference:


On Monday, you helped set the tone for the entire summit. In less than 24 hours, 1GOAL supporters sent in thousands of personal stories and messages calling for urgent action on education. These comments were projected directly onto the wall of our high-level panel, in full view of leading international dignitaries and the global press.

1Goal Ambassador Danielle Lineker

The panel featured inspiring speeches by the likes of former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and 1GOAL co-founder and co-chair Queen Rania of Jordan — but above all it was the passion of 1GOAL’s individual supporters that showed attending dignitaries that the people of the world stand united behind this call.

1GOAL’s youngest ambassador, 12-year old Soweto student Nthabiseng Tshabalala, spoke at multiple events and drew standing ovations wherever she went. Backed by the words of vision and encouragement sent to her by 1GOAL supporters across the globe, Nthabiseng took the call for education straight to the hearts of the world’s most important decision makers.

Nthabiseng Tshabalala

And on Wednesday Nthabiseng and Queen Rania presented the 18 million declarations of support from 1GOAL supporters directly to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. And he promised to do everything possible to encourage the nations of the world to keep the promise of a quality education to every single child.

As part of the Global Campaign for Education, 1GOAL is built on the strength of national campaigns working on the ground in over 100 countries to build support and fight for change. Each one of us should feel proud to be part of this amazing global network of millions of football fans, students, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens who have all come together for 1GOAL. Last week together we proved that when ordinary people combine our voices we can bring a brighter future a little closer for millions of children worldwide.

There’s still much work to do. We can’t sit back and wait until 2015 – we need to target the national, regional and global moments where we can secure the changes needed to achieve education for all. Over the coming months we will be in touch about these opportunities and will face the challenges ahead together knowing we are part of an incredible team.

With deepest appreciation for all you’ve done so far,

The 1GOAL team


1GOAL and Education has changed my life

Hello from South Africa! My name is Nthabiseng Tshabalala and I’m 12 years old, and go to Winnie Ngwekazi Primary School in Soweto, South Africa. It has been a huge honor to work on this issue with all of you. Education has changed my life, and I want every child around the world to have the same chance.

During the World Cup, I had the incredible chance to work with Shakira and 1GOAL. Together, we delivered Education Yellow cards from 1GOAL supporters to world leaders who were meeting here in South Africa.

I thought that meeting was big. But next week, all the leaders in the world are meeting at the United Nations to discuss how to deal with issues like education. So this week I’m travelling with the 1GOAL Campaign to New York City! At the summit, I will talk to world leaders, tell them my story, and ask them to make sure every child has a chance to get an education.

I also know they will listen much more closely if they are hearing from many people at once. So now I am asking you to join me. Imagine you could tell all the world leaders what you wanted them to do about education by 2015. What would you say? What kind of future do you want in 2015?

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I know I’m very young to be speaking to Presidents and Prime Ministers but they are deciding the future. And it is children, like me, who will live in that future. So I think it is important for us to tell them what kind of future we want to live in.

New York City is farther away from home than I’ve ever been. I’ve always wanted to go to America, so I am very excited and but I’m also very nervous. But I know I should go. I know that these leaders are choosing which future I will grow up with.

It could be a future where every child gets to go to school. That way, if you’re good at maths, you can become an engineer. Or if you are good at science, you can become a scientist. We wouldn’t need to worry about going hungry, because everyone would have good jobs that they are good at doing. (I would like to be a writer. Can you tell?)

Or it could be a future where most kids still can’t go to school. So even really smart people can’t find a job, because they never learned anything. In many places like where I grew up, there would be no engineers to build new buildings and no scientists to help cure diseases. And people will go hungry because they cannot find work.

I am hoping that I can encourage the leaders in New York to choose the better future for me and children around the world.

And I am hoping you will write to me about the world you want in 2015. I want to add all of your voices to mine at the United Nations next week. Please write your answer to me right away:


I believe that this way, we don’t have to just wait to see what the future brings. We can choose our own future.

Thank you for being part of 1GOAL. And thank you for fighting for me and all the other children and adults in the world who are denied an education.

Nthabiseng Tshabalala

Nthabiseng Tshabalala

1GOAL Our big chance to score

Can you believe it’s already been 6 weeks since we heard the last World Cup vuvuzela blast?

But for the millions of us who came together for 1GOAL, our big chance to score the right to education for all the world’s children is still ahead. And once again, we need your support to make it happen.

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

Here’s the situation: in just a few short weeks, heads of state from every country in the world will gather in New York City for the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals. 10 years ago, world leaders committed to an ambitious plan to cut global poverty in half by 2015. Now, with only five years left, it’s time to assess how much progress we’ve made, and agree on a plan to finish the job.


If we’ve learned one thing in the last 10 years, it’s this: education beats poverty. That’s why two of the Millennium Development Goals discuss getting all boys and girls into school by 2015. So this upcoming summit is a huge chance to secure commitments from world governments to make this dream a reality — and end poverty once and for all.

1Goal Ambassador Danielle Lineker

But our governments won’t act unless we citizens speak up — and there’s no time to lose.

As we speak, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is working on a plan for the summit that will determine its focus and how ambitious the proposals will be. To make real progress on education, this “Summit Outcome Document” must get it right. And that’s where you come in.

Click here to send a short message to the Secretary General, letting him know that you support quality education for every child — and that you expect education to be a top priority at the Millennium Development Summit.

You’ve probably never been asked to write a UN official to influence the agenda of an upcoming global summit. It may even seem a little strange. But if we really want to make a difference, we can’t wait until the dignitaries land in New York and fill the headlines. We have to speak up now, when the outcome is still wide open for input.

You may not think you have the power to change what the leaders of all the world’s governments discuss or decide. But if we work together, we can achieve anything. You’ve already told us you support education for all when you joined the 1GOAL campaign – please take a moment now to tell the UN Secretary General the same thing. It is a crucial time please simply click below –and sign your name on behalf of those who can’t.


Thanks for making a difference,

The 1GOAL Team



Join 1GOAL Education for All

Today, 72 million children in the world are denied the chance to go to school. These children could be our next generation’s leaders, sports stars, doctors and teachers. But they face a lifelong struggle against poverty.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Since 2000, 40 million more children are in school. Education beats poverty – and gives people the tools to help themselves.

1GOAL is a campaign seizing the power of football to ensure that education for all is a lasting impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Raising our voices all over the world we believe that, together, we can make education a reality for the millions of boys and girls who remain out of school.

“This is our chance to show not just out-of-school children, but our own children, that when we make a promise, we keep it. With your help, we could have billions of fans cheering not just for their teams, but for one team: 1GOAL. This is our moment to shine; we can bring millions of children in from the shadows of ignorance, and light up their lives with the legacy of education.” ~ Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah Co-Founder and Global Co-Chair, 1GOAL

You can help make education for all a reality.

1GOAL is bringing together footballers, fans, charities, corporations and individuals to lobby and achieve our ambitious aim of education for everyone. By joining the 1GOAL team, you can strengthen the campaign’s voice and give us the best possible chance of success.

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FIFA 1GOAL for education

FIFA President, Joseph Blatter, has been appointed co-chair of 1GOAL, a campaign championing global education.

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, the co-founder and global co-chair of the campaign, invited Blatter to join her in spearheading the initiative.

Blatter pledged to continue leading the quest to make education for all a key aspect of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a part of South Africa’s legacy.1GOAL, which was launched by Queen Rania last year, is a FIFA-backed campaign that aims to recruit tens of millions of supporters through a mass sign-up campaign in the build-up to South Africa 2010.

It encourages players and fans across the world to sign a virtual petition on the 1GOAL website on behalf of all children who are unable to write their own names. At the heart of the campaign is the aim of securing school places for the 72 million children globally still denied access to basic education.

Source: BuaNews