AFT Joins Global Campaign for Education

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The AFT, in joining the Global Campaign for Education, urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help ensure that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals on education are met by 2015, and that every child in the world has access to a free basic education.

"Access to a quality education is a human right and essential to stability, democratic governance and the economic development of all nations," Weingarten says.

Weingarten presented Secretary 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 will be participating in this year's Global Action Week, April 19-25.

Using a soccer theme, the "1GOAL: Education for All" campaign is building on worldwide interest in the upcoming 2010 World Cup in South Africa. FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, as well as individual players, celebrities and public officials, including Clinton, are supporting the effort to ensure that children across the globe have free, quality basic education.

The AFT helped develop the 1GOAL "Lesson for All" that will be taught in classrooms around the world to raise awareness of the 72 million children who are still denied the opportunity to go to school. This year's campaign will press world leaders to provide the financial resources to achieve the goal of education for all by 2015. More information about the campaign, including curriculum resources, is available on the AFT website.

Also this week, Francine Lawrence—an AFT vice president and president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers—will speak at a Capitol Hill news conference on April 21 with Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), author of the proposed Education for All Act, and actress Jessica Alba, co-chair of the 1GOAL campaign in the United States. Lawrence will urge U.S. lawmakers to commit the resources needed to recruit and train teachers to provide universal access to basic education. [AFT press release]

April 20, 2010