6 April 2010
According to a UNESCO Global Report released earlier this year, 72 million children were out of school in 2007 and 56 million would still be out of school by 2015 if funding trends remained the same.
The report also highlighted that around 54 percent of children out of school are girls; that literacy remains among the most neglected of all education goals, with about 759 million adults lacking literacy skills today, two-thirds women; that millions of children are leaving school without having acquired basic skills, and that 1.9 million new teacher posts will be required to meet universal primary education by 2015.
"It is estimated that it will cost US$16 billion a year to achieve universal primary education and wider Education for All goals by 2015," said Kailash Satyarthi, GCE President. "This figure is just two percent of the amount mobilised to bail out four banks in the UK and US."
In the lead up to this years Soccer World Cup the 1GOAL campaign seizing is attempting to use the popular appeal of football to advance the cause of education for all.
Information as to how you can support the campaign can be found at the above website.