a FIFA World Cup 2010 Initiative

a FIFA World Cup 2010 Initiative

“The World Cup brings people around the globe together to support their national teams; we need the same kind of passion to end poverty and hunger,” says Zidane, former French national team captain in a World Cup TV spot produced by UNDP.

Every day 72 million children around the world are denied the right to go to school. These children could be the next generation’s leaders, sports stars, doctors and teachers. 1GOAL is using the world’s biggest sporting event, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to call attention to the fact that millions of children don’t have access to education.

1GOAL Unites Charities, Nonprofits, Celebrities, Soccer Stars and Soccer FansFIFA President Sepp Blatter and Queen Rania of Jordan co chair the 1GOAL initiative. Soccer stars Pele, Mia Hamm, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, David James, Michael Essien and many more support the initiative. As of June 20, 2010 1GOAL signed up over 9 million supporters to call on world leaders to meet the goal of providing all children with primary education.

Organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), 1GOAL is composed of a network of 100 international charities and non profit organizations. Voicing her support for 1GOAL the singer Shakira said at a school in Soweto: “We must use this moment to raise our voices for 1GOAL and demand that this generation of children have the chance to fulfill their dreams and live up to their full potential through education.”

Universal Primary Education for All Children by 2015In 2000 at the United Nations Millennium Summit 189 world leaders made the historic promise to “End Poverty by 2015” when they agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Millennium Development Goal 2 aims to ensure that all boys and girls have access to primary schooling by 2015. While great strides have been made in some countries, projections by the United Nations suggest that without further acceleration 58 out of the 86 countries that have not reached universal primary education will not achieve it by 2015.

1GOAL Will Host Summit for Education in Cape Town on July 11, 2010World leaders are gathering before the World Cup final match in Cape Town on July 11 to discuss the global education crisis. At a press conference in Pretoria, President Zuma said: “We plan to host a 1Goal Education campaign summit on July 11 on the sidelines of the semi finals in Cape Town. If implemented successfully, this project will enable 72 million children who do not attend primary school currently to do so. ” The 1Goal Education Summit in Cape Town on July 7 will offer world leaders the opportunity to join forces to ensure that every child is in school by the next FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

1GOAL Counts on Social Media, Mobile Phones to Reach Tipping Point1GOAL counts on signing up millions of additional supporters on Facebook, Twitter and by allowing supporters to send text messages from mobile phones. The hope is that support for education will reach a tipping point at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable. 1GOAL secured an exclusive music track from the dance legends Faithless, that is available for supporters free of charge.

See also:

1GOAL Education Summit Convenes Before Soccer World Cup Final

Education Summit at Soccer World Cup, South Africa, July 11, 2010

Watch on YouTube:

UNICEF: Jordan’s Queen Rania at “Education for All” Launch

World Cup TV Spot Calls for Kicking Out PovertyZuma Announces Education Summit, Department for International Development, UKAID, Web, 6/20/2010.

Fact Sheet for MDG Goal 2, End Poverty 2015, Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Department of Public Information, September 2008, Web, 6/20/2010

Discover What South African Cities Are

Discover What South African Cities Are

South Africa is the home to a population that is a combination of a great number of religions. It is also the center of a lot of languages and cultures with traditions that belong to some of the oldest cultures of the world. Also known as RSA or SA, it has always been the center of the powers of the world. They have travelled, long distances to gain the control of this part of this world as it used to be the only passage between the east and west until the opening of Suez Canal (meaning the gateway to India). South African cities have century’s long traditions and a culture that was once part of the oldest civilizations of the world. These cities have traditions that belong to the people of the oldest time. They have rituals that have survived the hardships of time and have been safely guarded and transferred to the people who live there today. South African cities have diverse distribution of resources. Some of these are extremely rich like Cape Town, while others are not very rich and usually constitute the major population of people who live in slums. In these cities mass graves and fossils of people of earlier times like Homo sapiens have been found, who are thought to rule this place thousands of years ago. These cities have become the attraction of people from around the world, who come here to spend their vacations or on educational tours. The economically advanced cities host a number of elegant and beautiful hotels. These hotels are big and present their guests with a lot of facilities. The staff here is kind and tends to help their customers to the very extreme. Most of these hotels are present at serene locations that give beautiful views to the people staying there. Many of these hotels on the coastline make your trip memorable. They line up aside a beautiful coastline, with white sand and blue water beaches. The water of these beaches is the part of Indian and the Atlantic Oceans.

South African cities are also rich in mineral esources. In these cities several hundred diamonds and gold mines have been found. This has greatly increased the amount of foreign investments in these cities making them financially stable. In addition to this many people from around the world come here and visit these mines. South African cities also have a number of world renowned clubs and pubs. Alcohol is legal in these cities. Apart from this South Africa has made its mark in the field of cricket and football. In 2010, it became the first country of Africa to hold the FIFA Football world Cup, which took place in its various cities. South Africa and its cities are a great way to spend your vacations. With its beautiful green lands, deserts and coastal areas, these cities will make your trip truly memorable.

2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer South Africa Is More Than a Jungle With Football Stadiums

2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer South Africa Is More Than a Jungle With Football Stadiums

News media wake up! South Africa’s beauty is divinely ordained. South Africa is more than just the big five. South Africa is more than just wild animals roaming in the wild. South Africa is more than pictures depicting poverty. SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE THAN BARREN TRACTS OF LAND

When will your panoramic shots showing South Africa, change? Please get out of your preconceived, tunnel visioned and dated mindset. Show us the glorious shots of the mother city, Cape Town. Give us an aerial shot from the top of Table Mountain. Yes, please show the world that Cape Town has a cable car on the mountain. Please show off the sky scrapers in the mother city and oh yes, the delightful Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Please find the Company’s Gardens at the end of Adderley Street as well as Kirstenbosch Gardens. Show the houses of parliament. Show the Cathedrals, Mosques, Synagogues. Okay, we are convinced the stadiums are world class and extraodinaire. Next you take a drive around Chapman’s Peak. Show us the beauty and splendor of Camps Bay, Llundudno, Hout Bay. Show us Cape Point and the False Bay Coast. Go on a road trip on the Garden Route or N2. Show your viewers Wilderness and the surfers’ paradise at Plettenberg Bay. Show us the Cango Caves. Show us the Tradouw’s Pass and the quaint village towns like Suurbraak, Hawston and Stellenbosch.

Johannesburg is more than just shots of Soweto. Now please there is nothing wrong with Soweto. But, please do not give viewers the impression that Johannesburg is Soweto. Show Sun City and the Lost Palace. Show the casinos. Show the skyscrapers. Take a drive on the N3 to Pretoria. Show the Union Buildings designed by Sir Herbert Baker. Show that we do have a seat of government and that the Union Buildings house the office of His Excellency, Jacob Zuma and the presidency. Show it the same way and with the same pride as you show the White House, Number 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

What is wrong with the media to persistently showcase just the pictures of poverty? Do you even know about the Drakensberg Mountains and Pietermaritzburg? Do you even care that the third largest canyon, the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, is a comfortable drive from the stadiums at Ellis Park, Rustenberg, Tshwane and Soccer City. Do you even understand that God’s Window is a place?

What kind of media is serving us? Media that is cast in stone. In spite of what has happened in South Africa in the past, it can never ever destro South Africa’s inherent beauty. Please do not continue with your archaic, blinkered, classically conditioned, pictures depicting South Africa as this haven of poverty, only. WE have changed and so can the media’s perspective. Please adjust your lenses. South Africa neither spawned poverty nor perfected it. Poverty is worldwide. Crime is worldwide. But the beauty that surrounds you during this world cup is not worldwide; it is only in South Africa. You are missing this golden opportunity to really put South Africa, no to re etch South Africa in the mindset of millions of viewers. In 2014 when we go to Brazil we will showcase the unique beauty of Brazil.

I hope to see a changed perspective. Fellow South Africans please add your most beautiful place in South Africa if I have not covered it in this article.

Please note that South Africa, historically classified its races into Coloured, Black, Indian and White and your pictures should show that this reality exists. The de facto black government has to accommodate and recognize the existence of non black groups in South Africa. A non racial society reamins a pipe dream. Oh and by the way we do have world class universities in South Africa! We do have hospitals,five star hotels and theaters. And we do have roadside assistance and bicycle lanes in most of our cities.