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ZUMA ANNOUNCES EDUCATION SUMMIT AS BLATTER CONFIRMS 1GOAL AS LASTING WORLD CUP LEGACY
7 June 2010
The 1GOAL Education Summit has been confirmed for July 7th with the commitment of President Jacob Zuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, ensuring that 1GOAL will be the lasting legacy of the World Cup.

For the first time ever, a political summit will be hosted alongside a major international sporting event. The summit in Cape Town will offer world leaders the chance to draw up a roadmap to ensure that every child is in school by the time the 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil.

At a press conference in Pretoria, President Zuma said:
"For us education has to be the most important spin off. As government we plan to host a 1Goal Education campaign summit on the 7th of July on the sidelines of the semi finals in Cape Town. If implemented successfully, this project will enable 72 million children who do not attend primary school currently to do so. It will be one of the most lasting legacies of the 2010 World Cup and we urge all nations of the world and the private sector internationally to support this campaign."
 
FIFA President and 1GOAL Co-Chair Sepp Blatter raised his finger in the 1GOAL hand sign and said: "We need to take the tool of football and what we need for South Africa, Africa and the world is schooling. This is the legacy, not just for football but for your societies."

1GOAL Co-Founder, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, commented: "The World Cup Education Summit offers those children hope of a reprieve and the chance to go to school before the next World Cup in 2014. There have been many great goals in the history of football, but delivering education for 72 million children around the world could be the greatest goal of all time. This is a historic opportunity to end global poverty. I urge world leaders to go to South Africa and live up to their promises of universal education."
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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.