18 million people call on world leaders to get every child in school
**Queen Rania delivers 1GOAL Education Petition to UN Secretary-General**
Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan today joined 12 year old South African schoolgirl Nthabiseng Tshabalala in New York to hand in an eighteen-million strong petition to the UN Secretary-General, BAN Ki-Moon. The petition, presented as a chalkboard representing the millions of people that had signed up, demanded immediate action from world leaders to deliver education for the 69 million children currently unable to go to school.
“Education is a driver for the Millennium Development Goals; it will help countries beat poverty, promote gender equality and combat disease,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon during the handover ceremony. “1Goal is bringing together footballers, fans, celebrities, world leaders and ordinary people to create a global team for change.”
Among the millions to have signed the Global Campaign for Education’s 1GOAL petition are over 200 stars from the world of football, including Pele, Zinedine Zidane, Franz Beckenbauer, Michael Essien, Park-Ji Sung and Cristiano Ronaldo together with leading names from entertainment such as Shakira, Kevin Spacey, Mick Jagger, Jessica Alba and Matt Damon.
Her Majesty Queen Rania of
People from over hundred countries all around the world signed up to show their support both online, through SMS and rallies across Africa that led to over 100,000 people signing yellow cards. Just last week some 15,000 personal messages were sent to Secretary-General Ban calling on him to champion the education cause.
The impact of the campaign is starting to pay dividends with the Australian Government announcing an additional $2.5 billion together with the World Bank announcing $750 million for basic education over five years at a GCE and Fast Track Initiative Event held in
1GOAL’s youngest ambassador Nthabiseng Tshabalala, 12, from
During the World Cup half a million people a week signed up to the campaign which was supported by the GSMA and the world’s biggest mobile companies such as MTN and Telefonica, who between them recruited four million people to 1GOAL. Other companies such as Microsoft Xbox also supported the campaign.
Kailash Satyarthi, President of the Global Campaign for Education said: “World leaders cannot bury their collective heads in the sand any longer. We urge them to help children from all over the world and listen to the messages calling for change from eighteen million people. Now we wait for their response. Education is the very basis of all that is good in the world, health prosperity and democracy. Now is the time for leaders to take action.”
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The President of GCE Kailash Satyarthi and the Chair of GCE Assibi Napoe will also be avaliable for interviews in English (both) and French (Assibi).
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a coalition of over 100 organisations in 100 countries around the world that are campaigning to increase the provision of education for all children. This summer, GCE’s 1GOAL campaign which was supported by FIFA has helped mobilise over 18 million people to show their support for getting all children into school.