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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



Zuma calls for Investment in Education

President Jacob Zuma has called on world leaders to ensure that every child is in school by the next Fifa World Cup™, to be held in Brazil in 2014.

Speaking at the Sports for Peace Gala Dinner in Johannesburg on Tuesday night, Zuma said education was a key weapon in the government’s arsenal of strategies to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.

Universal primary education by 2015

The purpose of the dinner, hosted by the Sports for Peace Foundation and the United Nations in South Africa, was to promote the United Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number two, which is education.

According to the United Nations, 72 million children are not in school with the majority who are denied education being girls.

Zuma said South Africa was committed to the objectives and goals of utilising sport as a tool for development and peace: “We believe sport can effectively contribute to the realisation of social and economic development, including the achievement of the MDGs,” he said.

Zuma said the MDGs enhanced the struggle for a just society, especially the second goal, which centres on achieving universal primary education by 2015.

“With just days to go before the start of the tournament, it is indeed commendable that we have been brought together to promote access to education for all,” he said. “Education is our government’s number one priority and has consistently received the lion’s share of the budget for a number of years.”

1 Goal campaign

Zuma said that the government was committed to the global education initiative, adding that it would on 7 July host the 1Goal education campaign summit on the sidelines of the semi finals of the World Cup in Cape Town.

During the summit, world leaders will draw up a roadmap to ensure that every child is in school by the next Fifa World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon described the World Cup as a dream come true adding that scoring a goal for humanity was important.

“The World Cup is a symbol of South Africa’s achievement and hope for all people of the world that they can realise their dreams – we have to hit the target of MDGs by 2015,” Ban said, adding that the World Cup could be used as a uniting power and help developing countries.

Source: buanews