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World leaders join football fans and FIFA to back the 1GOAL global education campaign

World leaders join forces with footballers, fans and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter to pledge their support to a campaign to provide an education for every child.

The 1GOAL campaign is aiming to recruit tens of millions of supporters through a mass sign up campaign to achieve a school place for the 75 million children out of school globally, pushing for:

          Governments to give more aid to for education an extra $7 billion is needed and stand by their current pledges; 
Greater investment for more teachers, textbooks and schools in developing countries; and
          The millions of people in the developing world to understand the importance of sending their children to school

1 Players from all over the world are joining the effort including Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry, Robinho, Michael Essien, Aaron Mokoena (captain of the South Africa team), Kanu (captain of the Nigerian team), Nicolas Anelka, Michel Silvestre, David James, Kolo Toure, Javier Zanetti, Ivan Cordoba, Michael Owen and Mia Hamm (captain of the 1999 American womens World Cup champion team). Retired champions also joining 1GOAL include Marcel Desailly, George Weah and Roger Milla.

In addition to FIFAs support, actors Jessica Alba, Kevin Spacey and Clive Owen, U2 lead singer and ONE co-founder Bono and singer Kelly Rowland and organizations Global Campaign for Education, Comic Relief and advocacy group ONE have promised their commitment.

2 The 1GOAL campaign will push education towards the top of the agenda at major international meetings between now and the Millennium Development Goal Summit in September 2010. EU, G8 and G20 meetings will take place during the World Cup itself. 

The campaign aims to generate commitments to increase funding for education, greater investment in teachers and target ways to spread education programmes in hard-to-reach communities.  It will use the 2010 FIFA World Cup to get the message across to football fans and others of the importance of sending children to school.

3 Giving children an education has been shown to help a country reach its full potential. Studies have shown getting girls into school is the one of the best investments a country can make. A girl who has been educated is 50% more likely to have her child immunised, and her children are more than twice as likely to live until the age of five.

4 The 1GOAL campaign builds on the work of the Class of 2015, which was launched at the United Nations in September 2007 with the aim of getting all children an education by 2015. The Class of 2015 is comprised of the Global Campaign for Education, charities, governments, and national and international organisations which support free primary schooling for everyone.

5 The 1GOAL campaign is backed by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), governments across the world, charities and international organisations.

Comments from eminent personalities on the campaign.

Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan said: 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.  Thats why Im proud to be the co-founder and global co-chair of 1 GOAL. Thats why I welcome global leaders who have the courage to live up to their aid commitments.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: Today, there are boys and girls around the world dreaming about their futures. Education is their gateway to opportunity, it lifts people out of poverty and strengthens families, communities and countries. Thats why Im pleased to join FIFA and so many other leaders around the world to launch the 1GOAL Campaign. Lets make the World Cup an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to education for all.

United National Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said: Today, I am pleased to sign on with FIFA and football players everywhere in the 1GOAL Campaign. I call on world leaders and people everywhere to join me in signing on to 1GOAL. With your support, the most important goals scored will be the Millennium Development Goals.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa whose country will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, said: We support the footballers and their fans in calling on all world leaders to do their part to ensure every child can go to school. We need to see action at the World Cup and beyond. By acting now, together we can ensure education for all.

Speaking before the event, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: Its an outrage that 35 million African children miss out on a basic primary education, tackling that would be an incredible achievement. That is why I am delighted that global leaders, some of the worlds best footballers and ordinary people from every continent have come together to back 1GOAL.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said: It is an immense honour for FIFA to gather around footballs force for change, so many political leaders of todays world and so many football legends, all motivated by solidarity and a strong desire for action! The FIFA World Cup 2010, the first one to be held on the African continent, represents a unique opportunity to mobilize energies around the globe to provide education and thus a better future for every child of our planet. The 1GOAL education campaign should become the rallying point of concrete commitments by governments, investors and individuals to be true to our values of universality and to the values of football, an amazing school of life, with 2015 as the target date of this historic campaign!

Football player Rio Ferdinand said, Children from every country deserve a chance at a better life and we want our leaders to make sure they get the education they need to break the cycle of poverty. Musicians have led influential campaigns against poverty; its time for the football world to do our part.

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