Tutu joins global drive for education

2010-05-26 00:00

OUTSPOKEN Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined the 1Goal Campaign as the co-chair yesterday.

1Goal is an education campaign backed by over 100 charities and education organisations, including ActionAid, Save the Children and Oxfam.

He joins Queen Rania of Jordan and Fifa president Sepp Blatter in leading the campaign as it enters its critical countdown period before the World Cup.

Tutu said it is “a real honour” to join “Queen Rania and Fifa president Blatter in chairing the 1Goal campaign, which strives to get all the world’s children into school”.

“Education is the engine through which development can be powered, both for the individual in opening up new opportunities as well as for countries seeking to pull themselves out of the fierce grip of poverty.

“This year’s Fifa World Cup in South Africa provides a platform to deliver a legacy that will last for generations …”

Tutu’s support for the campaign will help to raise awareness and boost the international momentum behind 1Goal and its call to ensure that every child on Earth has the chance to go to school.

Already over eight million people have signed up to show their support for the campaign, which is backed by some of the biggest names in football, including Pele, Lucas Radebe, Aaron Mokoena and Rio Ferdinand.

Queen Rania, global co-chair and co-founder of the 1Goal campaign, said: “I’m delighted that Archbishop Tutu is joining me as global co-chair of 1Goal. The moral gravitas and global respect he brings to the position will undoubtedly raise the profile of the campaign, and bring us closer to getting the remaining 72 million children into school.”

The football world and Fifa are backing 1Goal to leave a unique legacy from Africa’s first World Cup by calling on richer countries to increase aid for education around the world from $4 billion to $16 billion per year, and urging developing countries to spend at least 20% of their national budgets on education.

Blatter, who is also a co-chair of the campaign, said: “I am delighted that Archbishop Tutu is joining the 1Goal … The Archbishop is renowned for his tireless fight against social inequality, including his commitment to ensuring improved medical care on the African continent …”

In South Africa, more than 50 000 schoolchildren took part in the world’s largest lesson on April 20, helping to boost global support for 1Goal and to push for the World Cup to deliver the greatest possible legacy — education for all.

1Goal is calling on people to add their name to the campaign at any time by signing up through its website at www.join1goal.org, or Twitter at @join1goal or Facebook.








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