Sunday, July 11, 2010

Will We Meet Our 1Goal between Now and Brasil 2014?

Today is the final of the historic 2010 World Cup in South Africa. There are many reasons to call it "historic," including the fact that this is the first time that the international fútbol soccer event has been held on the African Continent. As of this writing, the game had not been played, so it is to be determined whether Spain or The Netherlands will win the contest. Neither of the two countries has won the championship before.

This is also the first time I remember having seen the event used directly to address an issue related to global poverty. 

I'm talking about the 1goal campaign, which is is bringing together soccer players, coaches and administrators, fans, charities, corporations and individuals to lobby and achieve our ambitious aim of education for everyone.  Read More

Organizations as diverse as the World Food Program support 1goal.

At the beginning of  the 2010 World Cup, I wrote about  how this campaign is entirely compatible with the second of the Millennium Development Goals.

At some point today, the referee is going to blow his whistle marking the end of  the Spain-Netherlands game.  And one of the two teams can declare itself a winner.  (It's not any secret that I'm pulling for La Furia Roja--which is the nickname for Spain).

But the whistle also marks the transition between the 2010 World Cup and the next international soccer event, which will take place in Brazil in 2014.  I hope by the time 2014 rolls around that we would have made significant progress toward the targets of 1goal. After all, it will be just one year before 2015, the all-important year that the nations of the world set to complete the MDGs. 

Even though it will be the "offseason" between World Cups, we have the chance to continue to participate in 1goal and the target of attaining universal primary education.  Here's something by which to measure our level of success:

The target of the second goal of the MDGS is to ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling

2.1 Net enrolment ratio in primary education
2.2 Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
2.3 Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We can all do our part to make sure we meet that goal by urging our Representatives to co-sign HR 5117: the Education for All Act.

Act now:

This piece of legislation is currently gaining momentum as citizens prod Congress to take the lead on behalf of the 72 million primary school aged children who don't have access to basic primary education.

Candidate Obama said he supported global education. We, through Congress, are urging President Obama to keep that promise at the UN Summit in September focusing on the Millennium Development Goals. The more co-sponsors HR 5117 has, the more support the President knows that he has back home on this issue.

This link can help you take quick online action and tell you more. Please follow that up with a call or a handwritten letter to your legislator, too!