Universal Education for Every Child

by Dawne on June 22, 2010

We all know that an education is essential for every child but did you know it’s also their right?  According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 28, children are entitled to an education.  The Convention is the first international, legally binding document to detail human rights as they specifically apply to people under 18 years of age.

The world is watching the World Cup with great interest but something far more important and more lasting is happening in South Africa right now. World leaders are talking seriously about education.  To my mind there is really only one goal at this World Cup: using this unique opportunity to guarantee education for every single child. How can you help achieve that goal? By using your voice.

I received an update from 1Goal today. I’ve included an excerpt here but ask you each to click on the link, read about the movement, join and tell your friends.

The South African President has invited world leaders to a summit at end of the World Cup to discuss the plan to deliver education for all. This is the perfect opportunity, as the campaign for the World Cup ends, to focus on the campaign for universal education.

If  governments don’t believe there is a global demand for action on education, they won’t agree to fix the problem. Issue your own Yellow Card calling on world leaders to guarantee education for every child, and we’ll deliver it directly to them before the Final.

World leaders need to agree on a plan to provide education, and to do that they’ll need to hear from all of us united in our demand to make education the lasting legacy of this World Cup. That’s where your Yellow Card could make the difference:

Our nine million supporters are drawn from cities, towns, and villages in over 120 countries, and have shown their support in an incredible range of ways. We are becoming a global voice too large for world leaders to ignore.

In villages throughout Bangladesh, thousands of children have taken part in football matches in support of 1GOAL, joining 194,047 fellow Bangladeshis who have sent messages to join the call for education for all.

In Senegal, the Senegalese President invited hundreds of 1GOAL supporters to the Presidential Palace where he made a public commitment to the 1GOAL campaign and its aim of making sure every child receives an education.

While in the United States, 1GOAL received national attention when the Good Morning America TV program visited a South African school in Soweto with the 1GOAL team.

You can be part of this global movement building momentum towards a world where every child is guaranteed an education, by sending your own Yellow Card to world leaders before the World Cup Final.

Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Please take a minute, today, and add your voice to the millions speaking out for the right to education for children everywhere.

Thank you!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary June 23, 2010 at 11:52

I sent my yellow card, and posted the 1Goal initiative on my facebook page!
Thanks for the reminder.

Helen Flagg June 23, 2010 at 13:33

Yellow card filled out and 1 Goal initiative now on my Facebook

Kathleen June 23, 2010 at 13:58

Dawne, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I will be sending this on to other friends.

Jana June 24, 2010 at 06:33

Did mine!

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