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

How To Get Schedule for FIFA World Cup 2010

How To Get Schedule for FIFA World Cup 2010

The football fever is on! If you are a sports fanatic, it is more than likely that you know what I am referring to it’s the World Cup! With less than a year before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a lot of people are making a buzz about the event and are now keen to buy tickets to experience first hand the drama, thrills and adventure of this international sporting event.

The FIFA World Cup 2010 will kick off in South Africa on 11 June 2010, and will end on 11 July 2010. In this first time that the World Cup is being staged on the African continent, nine South African cities Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg will host a total of 64 World Cup matches. Participated in by 32 national football teams from the six FIFA Confederations, the games will be held in ten stadiums, which are known venues for soccer, rugby and other sports. But before the soccer ball for the World Cup 2010 officially kicks into the air, of course, you wouldn’t want to miss your chance of purchasing tickets in order to attend this largest single sport event in the world.

In choosing which tickets to buy, it is advisable that you first consult the official match schedule so you can start planning which games you’ll be attending. Below is the general timetable:

11 25 June: Group Matches

26 29 June: Final 16 Matches

2 3 July: Quarter Finals FIFA 2010

6 7 July: Semi Finals FIFA 2010

10 July: Match for 3rd and 4th place

11 July: Final 2010 Soccer World Cup

After you’ve decided which games you would like to see, the next step is to ensure that you secure your own tickets through either of the following:

Online.

Paper Ticket Application Form. Fill out the document and return to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ticketing Centre via mail or fax.

You can choose from two kinds of tickets:

Match Tickets. They are tickets for individual matches 1 64.

Team Specific Ticket Series (TST). They are ticket strips that will enable you to follow your favorite national team.

Various sites on soccer news have reported that tickets for a number of venues and matches were already sold out. In fact, as of 10 June 2009, a total of 630,021 tickets were sold. But don’t worry because you can still participate in the remaining phases of the ticket allocation:

Phase I (20 February to 31 March 2009)

Phase II (4 May to 16 November 2009)

Phase III (5 December 2009 to 22 January 2010)

Phase IV (9 February to 7 April 2010)

Phase V (15 April to 11 July 2010)

Depending on the category/seat position, ticket prices range from a low of USD 20 to a high of USD 900 for the individual matches and from as low as USD 66 to as high as USD 2,728 for TST.

When you have purchased your tickets, don’t forget to also book accommodations in advance, as there will surely be high demand for South Africa’s hospitality sector by then. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm; so be sure to check the match schedules, purchase your tickets and reserve your hotel in advance to ensure that your stay in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup will surely be a memorable one.

Construction Effects of the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup

Construction Effects of the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup

As the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup dawns upon us ever so close, considerable excitement and enthusiasm has been generating in soccer nations for some time, but more especially in the host nation South Africa, where it is estimated that approximately 350,000 tourists will arrive at the shores of one of Africa’s more popular countries, eagerly anticipating to witness the first soccer World Cup on African soil. However, the road to the World Cup has not been easy, with substantial developments taking place in and around parts of South Africa. Since the announcement of South Africa as being host to the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, developments and construction has been substantially undertaken, and this has affected the citizens of South Africa, especially, in my opinion, in the form of externalities produced by improvements to the transportation system of South Africa. Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town) has been the improvement to the transportation system, such as the development of the Gautrain and the introduction of a bus rapid transit system, which is an efficient and highly reliable bus service in which road lanes are dedicated solely for buses, which pick up passengers at special stations and terminals. One can say this is similar to the system, which trains operate under. These developments have resulted in substantial road construction even though the increased amounts of road construction have yielded the benefit of increasing employment.

One such example of employment creation stems from the Gautrain project, where it is estimated to have created or sustained more than 29 000 jobs. However, this project has also given rise to negative effects such as increased amounts of traffic and travelling time to and from destinations. These effects give rise to subsequent negativities such as increased driver stress levels, which may lead to health related illnesses. Due to the substantial amount of Gauteng’s budget allocated to the development of the Gautrain, Gauteng’s transport budget cannot undertake any substantial endeavours in lightening the traffic congestion in Gauteng because of its small budget. This places a burden on drivers travelling to and from around areas of the Gautrain’s development such as the Rosebank and Sandton areas to name a few. Drivers and commuters may have to wait longer in traffic due to the construction posed by the Gautrain. Thus, drivers would have to plan in advance to leave early to arrive at their destinations on time, which can be annoying and disruptive to one’s daily schedule. In addition to the routine traffic created by the Gautrain, there are cases of isolated incidents, which add even more chaos to drivers.

Other main parts of South Africa, such as Durban, are also gearing up for the world cup, and in doing so, Durban is one of the other cities also undertaking construction to provide quality and efficient roads for the duration of the World Cup. This construction has affected individuals living in the Durban areas to an extent, but not as severe as those living in Gauteng. Drivers and commuters travelling through construction areas, I should know because I am also one of them, may take ten to fifteen minutes longer to reach their destinations, which do add some time wastage to commuters, and thus increases levels of stress.

Irrespective of road diversions offered, travelling time is still not reduced, with drivers having no option but to bear the cost of waiting longer in traffic due to construction. However, even with the traffic problems yielded by the development of these projects like the Gautrain, there are benefits to be reaped once it is operational such as providing a source of electricity, which will be able to power a medium sized shopping centre, as well as offering commuters with an option of fast safe travel to and from their workplaces. It is also believed that the Gautrain will result in reduced amounts of traffic. Whether or not these benefits will be reaped, only time will tell.