Press Release

American Federation of Teachers Joins International Education Campaign

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Tom Lansworth

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers, 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 said.

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. For more information, visit

Also this week, Francine Lawrence—an AFT vice president and president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers—will speak Wednesday at a Capitol Hill news conference 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.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.