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Toby Perkins MP joins with Gary and Danielle Lineker to support education for all children worldwide

Toby Perkins MP joins with Gary and Danielle Lineker to support education for all children worldwide

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined TV presenter Gary Lineker and his wife Danielle Lineker to show support for the 1 GOAL campaign at the Houses of Parliament this week. Gary Lineker is an Ambassador for 1GOAL, an initiative which aims to mobilise support for education for all through the power of football.

During the World Cup Danielle Lineker joined 1 GOAL on an education trip to Khayleitsha, one of the fastest growing townships in South Africa, where opportunities for children are very limited.

The parliamentary event was held to highlight the global education crisis at this critical time. Next week in New York (20 – 22 September) world leaders will be meeting to review progress on the UN Millennium Goals; 2 of the 8 goals involve tackling poverty by ensuring that all boys and girls complete primary schooling by 2015.  With just 5 years to go there are still 72 million children who are being denied even a basic primary education.

The Global Campaign for Education, which organises 1GOAL, states that education is not only a human right but the fastest route out of poverty and says it is vital that the UK government must stand by its existing financial commitment of £1billion per year, until 2015, to support education internationally.

Chesterfield MP, Mr. Perkins said:-

“1 GOAL is a fantastic campaign set on improving the education of millions around the world. As a recognized face across the world of sport, Gary Lineker and the campaign team are doing a great job highlighting the lack of education for countless numbers of children in the poorest nations. As the 1995 Rugby World Cup showed us, sport is a unique way of improving the health and education of the developing world. 1 GOAL is just a start, but after meeting such an ambitious and passionate team it could become a hugely successful way of delivering education worldwide”.

Gary Lineker said:

“Delivering education for the 72 million children that are currently denied access to education is an achievable dream. We know that the world has the resources to deliver it. Now it’s time for world leaders to make it happen – for rich countries to deliver the funding needed, and for governments of developing countries to ensure that education is the top priority in their country.”

David Archer, International Board Member for the Global Campaign for Education said:

“This year 1 million pupils, in 9000 schools across the UK,  joined the Global Campaign for Education’s 1GOAL Send My Friend to School campaign, linked to the World Cup, which focused on getting every child in the world into school. Pupils and teachers understand the importance of this issue. The UK government has already committed to keep up overall spending on aid but we need them to become a real champion by recommitting to the target of £1 billion in aid to education each year and by calling on other world leaders to put their hands up for education at the UN Summit next week”.

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