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About 1GOAL

Today, 67 million children in the world are denied the chance to go to school. These children could be our next generation’s leaders, sports stars, doctors and teachers. But they face a lifelong struggle against poverty.

It doesn't have to be this way. Since 2000, 40 million more children are in school. Education beats poverty - and gives people the tools to help themselves.

1GOAL is a campaign seizing the power of football to get all children into school and learning. Raising our voices all over the world we believe that, together, we can make education a reality for the millions of boys and girls who remain out of school.

“This is our chance to show not just out-of-school children, but our own children, that when we make a promise, we keep it. With your help, we could have billions of fans cheering not just for their teams, but for one team: 1GOAL. This is our moment to shine; we can bring millions of children in from the shadows of ignorance, and light up their lives with the legacy of education.” ~ Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah Co-Founder and Global Co-Chair, 1GOAL

You can help make education for all a reality.

1GOAL brings together footballers, fans, charities, corporations and individuals to lobby and achieve our ambitious aim of education for everyone. By joining the 1GOAL team, you can strengthen the campaign's voice and give us the best possible chance of success.


In 2000, 164 world governments came together to create the Education for All goals, 189 governments also created the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Two of the eight goals involve ending poverty through education:

* to ensure that all boys and girls complete primary schooling by 2015

* to ensure that girls have the opportunity for education at all levels by 2015.

They promised to make sure there was enough money and that the policies were in place to make it a reality. Since then many countries have abolished school fees, spending was increased by $4 billion and an extra 40 million children are now going to school. Yet progress is not fast enough. With business ‘as usual’, there will be more children out of school in 2015 than there are today; in fact, at the current rate of progress it will take another 75 years to achieve universal basic education.

1GOAL is run by the Global Campaign for Education to mobilise support to hold world leaders to these promises for 2015.

On October 6th 2009, in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the 1GOAL campaign was officially launched in a satellite-linked ceremony led by the South African President Jacob Zuma, Her Majesty Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen of Jordan, President of Ghana John Atta Mills, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, President of Spain, Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General and Sepp Blatter, the FIFA President.

The campaign so far has captured unprecedented support and political will across the world. 1GOAL is football's largest ever campaign, amassing support from over 200 stars including Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo, 70 high profile clubs and organisations including Manchester United, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Players Unions, Football Associations and ambassadors such as Shakira, Desmond Tutu and Mick Jagger. So far we have mobilised over 18 million people to sign up as supporters. In 2010, our supporters helped to gain almost $4 billion more towards education by 2015 which could enable 4 million more children to go to primary school.

1GOAL 2011

In 2011, 1GOAL is focusing on women’s and girls education. While progress has been made in increasing girls’ enrolments in school in the last decade, 53% of girls remain out of school. For the ones who do enrol, they are much more likely to drop out due to the numerous challenges they face.

  • School fees force parents to choose between sons and daughters, and daughters usually lose out.
  • Schools are often far from home, making the journey dangerous for girls as they face the double threat of being the victim of an attack and the risk of road traffic accidents.
  • Even when they get to school, it can be unsafe, with a lack of sanitary facilities and few female teachers to support them.

1GOAL is fighting for better policies and more funds for girls' education:

  • to end all fees and charges for school
  • to get special financial help for girls to stay in school
  • to make schools safe for girls by tackling violence and abuse and providing the facilities they need
  • to help more women become qualified teachers

The case for girls' education is compelling:

  • Educated women are more empowered and better able to demand their rights, as well as having healthier, more economically-secure families
  • A girl who completes basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV.
  • Children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of 5.
  • A 1% increase in the number of women with secondary education can increase annual per capita economic growth by 0.3%.

We need to support of the public worldwide to make this case to world leaders in 2011.


There are 67 million children out of school across the world. That's more than all the children that are primary school across Europe, USA, Canada, Australia combined. The world has the opportunity to ensure that every child has an education.

Education is imperative to tackling poverty. When individuals have the chance to learn basic life and literacy skills, economies grow faster and poverty rates decline. When people go to school, they are able to eventually earn more money and support their families

  • A single year of primary school increases the wages people earn later in life by 5-15% for boys and even more for girls.
  • For each additional year of secondary school, an individual's wages increase by 15-25%.
  • No country has ever achieved continuous and rapid economic growth without first having at least 40% of its adults able to read and write.

Education is essential to improving health, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and enabling families to better cope with illness.

  • Seven million cases of HIV/AIDS could be prevented in the next decade if every child received an education.
  • A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive pass the age of 5 years.

Education is a human right. Human rights are inherent, every person is born with them and they cannot be given or taken away. Rights establish the basic standards without which people cannot live in dignity.

By achieving universal basic education, millions can be lifted out of a lifetime of poverty - but getting children into school is just the start.

When children do make it to school, they often struggle to learn in huge class sizes, from untrained and poorly paid teachers. Without the incentives to stay at school and learn, many children drop out. In sub-Saharan Africa one in three children who start school never get the chance to complete basic primary school, let alone progress to secondary school.

Quality education is the key to achieving a healthier, safer and more equitable society - this is why 1GOAL campaigns for education for all.

1GOAL: Education for All
1GOAL is a campaign seizing the power of football to get all children into school and learning. Run by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), 1GOAL mobilised millions to help ensure Education For All is a lasting legacy of the FIFA World Cup. We continue to call on world leaders to make education a reality for 69 million children by 2015.