Education for All push continues as UN prepares for summit

by Dawne on August 26, 2010

In the lead up to this year’s World Cup 1GOAL asked the world to speak up for the right of every child to an education. Millions responded, pressuring world leaders to act. (If you are not familiar with the  campaign you may want to read the post I wrote in June.)

It’s hard to believe it’s been six weeks already since the last vuvuzela sounded and world leaders met in South Africa to discuss the critical issue of education. The upcoming UN Summit is only four weeks away. It is time once again to speak up for those who cannot; for the orphaned and vulnerable children of South Africa and across the globe.

A warm blanket is a great start but these children from a Soweto creche need a guarantee of a solid education.

Can you imagine the future of the orphans we lovingly wrap blankets around if they were to be assured of a good education? There can be no doubt that education breaks the cycle of poverty.  Please write to Secretary General Ki-moon now and let him know you support Universal Primary Education.

“We must not fail the billions who look to the international community to fulfil the promise of the Millennium Declaration for a better world. Let us meet in September to keep the promise.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Due in part to organizations like 1GOAL we are making progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.  The dream of a brighter tomorrow for all can become reality.

In closing, I want to share a video that makes me smile.  It was shot this summer when Shakira, a famous singer and outspoken supporter of education, visited a 1GOAL school in Soweto. It provides a glimpse of what has been accomplished thus far and serves as an upbeat reminder that there is still much work to be done. These happy, healthy school children, shown in their school uniforms, are a stark contrast to the children in the photo above. It is for these children (and the millions they represent) that we must continue to act.

YouTube Preview Image

I hope you enjoyed watching this video and will take a moment of your time to share it in your social networks like Facebook and Twitter

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

sandy August 26, 2010 at 04:19

My hope is that Shakira’s little friend does become a pilot as she hopes, and that the children to whom we deliver blankets ultimately have the same potential through having an education. IGoal is a strong movement and should be supported by all of us who care for these children’s futures.

Jana August 26, 2010 at 19:58

I hope Shakira’s message gets out to lots of supporters!

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: