w 1GOAL: Frequently asked questions
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Frequently asked questions
What is 1GOAL?

1GOAL is a campaign to ensure that every child worldwide has the opportunity to go to school and learn. 1GOAL is collecting names and support from the public, footballers and celebrities to make a united plea to all governments to meet their targets on 'Education for All'.

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What is 'Education for All'?

'Education for All' is the international commitment that world leaders have signed up to - to provide a good quality public education to all children and adults by 2015. The commitment includes prioritising those who are currently missing out on an education, getting them into school, and making sure when they are in school they get the chance to learn, with qualified teachers. The goals include giving adults who missed out on school the chance to learn to read and write. Find out more on the UNESCO website.

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How did 1GOAL start?

1GOAL is the initiative of the football strand of the Class of 2015: Education for All. The Class of 2015 was set up at the United Nations in September 2008 by the Global Campaign for Education to ensure that the Education for All goals are met by 2015. Class members include FIFA, international charities, celebrities and some governments. Visit the Class of 2015 website for more information.

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Why Join 1GOAL?

i) Education beats poverty but 69 million children across the world are still not in school.

ii) World Leaders can change this and are coming together at the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010 to discuss many issues, including education. For more information on this summit please see the United Nations website or stay tuned to 1GOAL to find out what you can do to help

iii) Join 1GOAL and ask world leaders to keep their promises on education in order to achieve education for all by 2015.

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How can I help 1GOAL?

There are a variety of ways you can help 1GOAL: Education for All – visit our ‘Take Action’ page for more details.

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Why the FIFA 2010 World Cup?

The FIFA World Cup is the world's biggest single sporting event. With over half the world watching in 2010, it was a time when millions came together to share the passion of football, and for the first time ever it was hosted in Africa. These unique circumstances were ideal for focusing international attention on the need for education in developing nations and across the globe.

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What happens after the FIFA 2010 World Cup?

The football may be over, but the 1GOAL campaign is not. We are now focusing our efforts on the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010.

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Can I donate?
1GOAL does not seek donations from individuals for our campaign. If individuals wish to contribute monies to the campaign they are directed to the 1GOAL online shop, from which official 1GOAL merchandise can be purchased.

Anyone concerned about an event or an activity that is claiming to be run in association with 1GOAL and requires an individual to pay should contact  info@join1goal.org

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Who has signed up to 1GOAL?

Every day the 1GOAL team is growing! Those in the team include Zinedine Zidane, Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry, Robinho, Michael Essien, Aaron Mokoena, Nwankwo Kanu, Nicolas Anelka, Mikael Silvestre, David James, Kolo Touré, Javier Zanetti, Michael Owen, Mia Hamm, Marcel Desailly, Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker.

The team continues with many non-footballers including Queen Rania of Jordan, FIFA's President Sepp Blatter, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Kevin Spacey, Bono, Bob Geldof and Kelly Rowland. Other 1GOAL supporters include private companies and international charities.
View the full list of 1GOAL Celebrity Ambassadors
View the full list of 1GOAL Supporters

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Who is missing out on an education?

i) 69 million children are not in school.
ii) 776 million adults cannot read this sentence.
iii) The majority of children denied an education are girls.

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Why are 69 million children not in school?

Children are excluded from school for a number of reasons - because of illness, HIV, disability, because they live in an area of conflict, or are discriminated against because of their background. Millions don't make it to school simply because they are too poor. Their families can't afford the school fees that some governments still charge or other associated costs of going to school like uniforms or materials, or they are being put to work to support their family either at home, on the farm or in factories.

But we know how to change this. Since the Global Campaign for Education started, some governments have listened, providing more aid, or free schooling, and more than 40 million children previously without an education now have the chance to go to school. The world has the resources and capacity to give every child this chance. But we need every government to make this a reality. Join 1GOAL and we'll deliver your name to world leaders asking them to ensure everyone goes to school.

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Why is education so important?

The provision of good quality basic education is a fundamental human right for every child across the world but it is also means a lot more than that - accessing good quality education changes individuals’ lives and benefits society as a whole:

  • Children who go to school are healthier, less vulnerable, and more likely to contribute to the development of society.
  • Getting children into school is the best route to ensure economic growth.
  • Access to good quality education transforms the life chances of women and girls.
  • Every additional year of formal schooling for boys reduces the risk of them becoming involved in conflict by 20%
  • A child who goes to school will earn an extra 10% for every year of schooling they complete
  • Children who complete primary education are less than half as likely to be infected with HIV compared with those who have not attended school
More information on the importance of education is available on the Global Campaign for Education site.

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Has 1GOAL got a newsletter that I can subscribe to?

Join 1GOAL and you will receive action emails letting you know how you can help 1GOAL and what you can do to further your involvement in the 1GOAL campaign calling on world leaders to provide education for all. If you don't want to receive emails from 1GOAL you can un-tick the box ‘receive updates’ when you join or click 'unsubscribe' at the bottom of an email.

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How do I find out what 1GOAL is doing near to me?

1GOAL is being led by the Global Campaign for Education, which has national coalitions in over 100 countries. You can find contact details for your local education coalition here or find a drop-down list of coalition websites at the top of each 1GOAL webpage.

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Where can I buy 1GOAL merchandise?

1GOAL t-shirts and other merchandise including 1GOAL mugs, flags, jumpers and stickers are available at our online shop.

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How do I contact you with other questions?

If we haven't answered your questions here please drop us a short email to info@join1goal.org and we'll try our best to assist.

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1GOAL: Education for All
1GOAL is a campaign seizing the power of football to get all children into school and learning. Run by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), 1GOAL mobilised millions to help ensure Education For All is a lasting legacy of the FIFA World Cup. We continue to call on world leaders to make education a reality for 69 million children by 2015.