This is a siginificant campaign that will have a huge impact on the lives of children less fortunate. Education is the gateway to better life chances, a better society, a better world.I was lucky enough to meet Gary and Danielle Lineker at the Houses of Parliament last week to show support for the 1 GOAL campaign. Gary Lineker is an Ambassador for 1GOAL, an initiative which aims to mobilise support for education for all through the power of football.
I was delighted to visit Oswaldtwsitle School which is taking part in the campaign and seeing how children in Hyndburn are discovering how very different many parts of the world are.
During the World Cup Dani Lineker joined 1 GOAL on an education trip to Khayleitsha, one of the fastest growing townships in South Africa, where opportunities for children are very limited.
The parliamentary event was held to highlight the global education crisis at this critical time. Next week in New York (20 – 22 September) world leaders will be meeting to review progress on the UN Millennium Goals; 2 of the 8 goals involve tackling poverty by ensuring that all boys and girls complete primary schooling by 2015. With just 5 years to go there are still 72 million children who are being denied even a basic primary education.
The Global Campaign for Education, which organises 1GOAL, states that education is not only a human right but the fastest route out of poverty and says it is vital that the UK government must stand by its existing financial commitment of £1billion per year, until 2015, to support education internationally.
Gary Lineker said: "Delivering education for the 72 million children that are currently denied access to education is an achievable dream. We know that the world has the resources to deliver it. Now it's time for world leaders to make it happen - for rich countries to deliver the funding needed, and for governments of developing countries to ensure that education is the top priority in their country."
David Archer, International Board Member for the Global Campaign for Education said:
“This year 1 million pupils, in 9000 schools across the UK, joined the Global Campaign for Education’s 1GOAL Send My Friend to School campaign, linked to the World Cup, which focused on getting every child in the world into school. Pupils and teachers understand the importance of this issue. The UK government has already committed to keep up overall spending on aid but we need them to become a real champion by recommitting to the target of £1 billion in aid to education each year and by calling on other world leaders to put their hands up for education at the UN Summit next week”.
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a coalition of child rights activists, teachers’ unions and development organisations around the world, united in their determination to make the right to education a reality. www.sendmyfriend.org features lesson plans, teacher templates, loads of activity ideas and background information on the situation for children and teachers in the developing world.
1 GOAL is an initiative to mobilise support for Education For All using the power of football to and is run by the Global Campaign for Education. More information about 1GOAL can be found at www.join1goal.org and footage and stills of players backing the campaign can be found at www.thenewsmarket.com/join1goal.
Key Facts on Education For All
(source – Global Monitoring Report 2010)
• 72 million children out of school
• Progress has slowed; two-thirds of the total decline in out-of-school numbers took place between 2002 and 2004. In the three subsequent years the decline was less than 8m.
• On current trends 56 million will be out of school by 2015.
• 54% of children out of school are girls
• 759m illiterate adults, two-thirds women
• Conflict remains a major barrier; 25 million out-of-school children live in low income countries affected by conflict
• 1.9m new teacher posts are needed to meet universal primary education
• 32m out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa
The Global Campaign for Education CE UK partners are: ActionAid, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Book Aid International, CAMFED, Christian Aid, City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development, Consortium of Street Children, Comic Relief, Deaf Child Worldwide, Education Action, Handicap International UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Link Community Development, National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, National Union of Teachers, Oxfam, Plan UK, RESULTS UK, Save the Children, Sightsavers, Steve Sinnott Foundation, Toybox, Voluntary Service Overseas, World Vision UK