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Why join 1GOAL?

There are 69 million children out of school across the world. That's more than all the children that are primary school across Europe, USA, Canada, Australia combined. The world has the opportunity to ensure that every child has an education, and the chance to beat poverty.

In 2010 the FIFA World Cup in South Africa is a landmark moment: it's the first ever World Cup to be held on the African continent. As the world's eyes turn to Africa this June, we will be asking all world leaders to achieve our 1GOAL: Education for All.

World leaders have the power, the resources, and the knowledge to achieve education for all. Watch the 'Education for All' film made by Richard Curtis (below) that explains more. 1GOAL will be asking all leaders to make Education for All a reality. In order for us to achieve our 1GOAL we need your help and your support. Join1GOAL and help achieve Education to End Poverty.

Why education for all?
Today, 69 million children around the world are denied the opportunity to go to school.

"I am Sofia from Tanzania. I am 13 years old.. I would really like to go to school one day and be like the other girls in their school uniforms. I know if I go to school, one day I will be able to help my family, as I will get a good job that pays well.

I used to spend my days herding cattle and goats for my father but most of them died because of the drought. Right now my father is very sick and they have taken him to a distant hospital for treatment - I wish I could do something to help him.
These days, I help my mother selling fruits at market as well as doing my chores at home. And, when my mother gets sick, I have to go to the market alone as we need that money to buy food and other necessities."


"This is me, Pedro. I live in a refugee camp called El Triunfo in Guatemala. I was born here. Until a few years ago people were fighting a very long, very bloody war in my country. At that time, life where my parents used to live was very dangerous and my parents had to leave their village and come here to the camp to find safety. They tell me that after they left the village, their house, the school and the whole village were destroyed.

Although the camp is not like a village, we are doing our best to make it a good place to live in. In the mornings, I help my mother to make the tortilla and then go with my father to look after the animals. The best thing is that in the afternoons I go to school. For a long time there was no school here, but now I go every day. This is very important to me because I want to be a doctor when I grow up, so that I can look after people where we live."

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.