FIFA World Cup 2010

Seize the power of football to focus on Education for All

From 11 June to 11 July 2010, the world’s attention will be focusing on South Africa, the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup. This is an important opportunity to draw attention to the need to provide quality education in Africa.

IIEP welcomes the initiative of the 1GOAL campaign to hold a high-level education summit during the World Cup. The 1GOAL campaign is supported by FIFA and backed by over 100 charities, NGOs, footballers, and politicians, including South African president Jacob Zuma. This summit will seize the power of football to highlight progress towards Education for All and what remains to be done.

A total of 72 million children of primary school age are not in school. Equally worrying is the quality of education. In South Africa and other Southern and Eastern African countries, a large proportion of children still lack basic literacy and numeracy skills after six years of primary schooling. This is one of the findings of the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ).

For the past 15 years, IIEP has been working closely with SACMEQ to undertake research and training programmes aimed at developing the capacities of member countries to monitor and evaluate the quality of their education systems. SACMEQ research also generates information that is being used by decision-makers to improve the quality of education. Visit its interactive maps for comprehensive statistics on the state of education in Africa and the world.