1Love, 1Heart, 1Goal By Laha Lali

This year marks the launch of the new 1Goal campaign to make education for all a legacy of the 2010 World Cup.

Today, 72 million children in the world are denied the chance to go to school. These children could be our next generation of teachers, doctors, sports stars, lawyers, leaders. But without 1Goal and your help, they face a lifelong struggle against poverty: FACT.

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’ once said ex-South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Rather fitting then that this year marks the launch of the new 1Goal campaign to make Education for All a legacy of the 2010 World Cup.

The FIFA-backed campaign hosts its World Education Summit in the middle of this year’s tournament. Backed by a host of international football stars including Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, Zinedine Zidane, and Eusebio its well on its way to becoming one of the most successful charity campaigns in history with over nine million supporters around the world.

“I believe every child has the right to an education and that’s why I’m supporting 1GOAL and asking football fans around the world to join today,” says English footballer and 1GOAL brand Ambassador Rio Ferdinand.

And he doesn’t seem to be the only one campaigning hard to ensure free Education for All. Ferdinand was joined by singer, songwriter, and international recording artist Shakira who was quoted as saying “the World Cup captures the attention and hearts of millions. We must use this moment to raise our voices for 1GOAL and demand that this generation of children have the chance to fulfill their dreams and live up to their full potential through education.” The Grammy Award-winning star said she was honored to be part of this incredible movement.

In 2000, 164 world governments came together to create the Education for All goals. They promised to make sure there was enough money and that the policies were in place to make this dream a reality. Since then, many countries have abolished school fees and government spending on education around the world has seen an increase. But still not all children have access to this fundamental right. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Thanks to 1GOAL since 2000, an estimated 40 million more children are in schools around the globe. Join the cause and find out what you can do to help at www.join1goal.org

Education beats poverty – and gives people the tools to help themselves: FACT!