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World Cup Legacy: 1 GOAL to get every child into school

“…every child should have the opportunity to learn..after all President Obama couldn’t have become president if he didn’t have an education.”
Nalique Hepburn, sixth grader, Columbia Elementary, Palm Bay Florida

The American Federation of Teachers is a partner in the Global Campaign for Education’s project to raise awareness about the 72 million children in the world who do not have access to education. In partnership with the GCE, the AFT is conducting a grass-roots operation, calling on members around the country to write to their U.S representative asking them to co-sponsor the Education for All Act.

With a soccer theme, the 1GOAL campaign is building on interest in soccer generated during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, as well as individual players, celebrities and public officials are supporting the effort to ensure that children worldwide have free, quality basic education. As part of the 1GOAL campaign, GCE has created the Lesson for All lesson plan that presents the Education for All goal through the World Cup soccer theme.

Randi Weingarten and Sen. Hillary Clinton

AFT president Randi Weingarten presented U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a soccer ball signed by students from Columbia Elementary School in Palm Bay, Fla., signifying the thousands of American students and teachers who are participating in this year’s 1GOAL campaign, April–October 2010.

AFT members throughout the U.S. are taking the 1GOAL Lesson into their classrooms, student activity clubs and soccer fields to call attention to the children in the world who do not have access to education. Children with education are making their voices heard for children who do not have education.

AFT member Tracy Lally, a sixth-grade teacher at Columbia Elementary School in Palm Bay, Fla., incorporated the 1GOAL classroom materials into her social studies curriculum. “My students need to understand the world in which they live,” said Lally. “They never realized there were children who do not go to school, let alone 72 million of them, four times the population of Florida!”

Lally said that the lesson gave them an appreciation for the opportunities that they have and a desire to speak out for others.

The sixth grade students at Columbia Elementary were shocked to hear that so many children were out of school. Zachary said that “ it is important to make sure kids get a free education because education can help end poverty and can combat hunger.

Lally’s students wrote to their U.S representative, Bill Posey, asking him to support Education for All legislation (EFA). They also wrote messages supporting education for all children on a soccer ball, which Lally and Randi Weingarten presented to Rep. Nita Lowey, the chief sponsor in the Congress of EFA.

Write to your U.S representative and ask them to co-sponsor Education for All Act.