EDUCATING KIDS FOR PROSPERITY

REACHING FOR A DREAM: Hundreds of schoolchildren attended a soccer coaching clinic yesterday in Illovo, Johannesburg, as part of a project supported by former soccer stars to extend access to education for kids from poor backgrounds.Pic: PETER MOGAKI. 23/06/2010. © Sowetan.
REACHING FOR A DREAM: Hundreds of schoolchildren attended a soccer coaching clinic yesterday in Illovo, Johannesburg, as part of a project supported by former soccer stars to extend access to education for kids from poor backgrounds.Pic: PETER MOGAKI. 23/06/2010. © Sowetan.

OUT of the 72 million uneducated children in the world today Africa has almost half of that number at 33 million. Of all African countries, Nigeria has the highest number at eight million.

OUT of the 72 million uneducated children in the world today Africa has almost half of that number at 33 million. Of all African countries, Nigeria has the highest number at eight million.

As a World Cup legacy project, the Global Campaign for Education launched the 1Goal coaching and education project yesterday at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, north of Johannesburg.

Eleven-year-old Nolan Campos, a Grade 6 pupil at Glenanda Primary School in southern Johannesburg, said: "My school and teachers are brilliant. They give us time and support us. I have four friends who play for my team, Sporting Football Club, and they go to school in the township. You can see from the way they speak and their attitude that they can be much better."

Jordan Green, 12, who attends Milton Primary School in southern of Johannesburg, said: "Three of my friends don't have the kind of education I'm lucky to have. They are very determined but cannot afford proper education.

"If they did they could go further than many people who go to quality schools."

Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena,and former stars Quinton Fortune and Lucas Radebe are among 150 global ambassadors of 1Goal. Fifa president Sepp Blatter, President Jacob Zuma, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former French superstar Zinedine Zidane also support 1Goal.

About 40 organisations in South Africa have been meeting since the beginning of this month to plan an education summit for next month.

Since 2000 an additional 40 million children have gained access to school, thanks to 1Goal.

Cameroon football legend Patrick Mboma joined compatriot Roger Milla at the coaching clinic yesterday.

"Fortunately I grew up in France and received a good education, but I have family in Cameroon. When we go home to visit you can see the difference in our education," Mboma said.

"Education is crucial. What we have is access to basic education but the drive is also for the quality of the schooling. The youth must fulfil their dreams so we have to work hard to make proper education available."

Dutch soccer legend Ronald de Boer said: "A lot of people do not realise that so many children are without education.

"I was a good boy at school and education has taught me the values of life and helped me in my career."

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