Aloisi Helps Launch 1GOAL - Education for All campaign
The ‘1GOAL – Education for All’ campaign, supported by FIFA and the World Cup, was launched today with Melbourne Heart FC's John Aloisi and students from Essendon Keilor College kicking off the global initiative with a ‘Lesson for All’ world record attempt.
The ‘1GOAL - Education for All- campaign, supported by FIFA and the World Cup, was launched today with Melbourne Heart FC's John Aloisi and students from Essendon Keilor College kicking off the global initiative with a ‘Lesson for All- world record attempt.
Some 100 Year 7 students took part in Melbourne along with hundreds of others in five Australian states.
The event was part of a global world record attempt of 15 million children in over 100 countries who will all take the lesson in support of 1GOAL, learning about how education can break the cycle of poverty.
The campaign, running until after the World Cup, aims to ensure all children have access to an education in all nations.
“With the World Cup in South Africa this year, the 1GOAL campaign is helping to remind us all that 72 million children still do not have access to an education,” former Qantas Socceroo John Aloisi said.
“I-m here today to support 1GOAL and to ask all Australians to sign up in support as well.”
Federal President of the Australian Education Union (AEU) Angelo Gavielatos said teachers and teaching unions around the world are playing an important part in the 1GOAL effort.
“The Australian Education Union is committed to 1GOAL,” Gavielatos said. “A free education is a human right and 1GOAL is about making that a reality for all children, everywhere.”
Students from Essendon and schools in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory were the first to take part in the campaign-s lesson, learning about why some children are denied an education and the impact that has on their lives. Schools in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America will follow throughout the day.
“With the help of World Cup organisers, players and teams everywhere, now is the time to ensure more and better focused aid funding for education to ensure everyone has a chance,” 1GOAL Coordinator Jon Edwards said.
“By the time of the World Cup in June, we hope Australia will lead the world in supporting the 1GOAL initiative.”
1GOAL is backed by some of the world-s biggest names in sport including Tim Cahill, Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Catherine Freeman as well as actors Jessica Alba and Anthony La Paglia.
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