South Africa holds World Cup Education Summit, Pretoria, 11 July
As the World Cup draws to a close, South Africa is diverting the world’s attention from football to Africa’s education crisis. At the World Cup Education Summit on 11 July in Pretoria, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will address political leaders from across the African continent concerning the education challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa.
Convened by President Jacob Zuma, the Summit is the result of efforts led by the 1Goal campaign and FIFA to get the region’s 32 million out-of-school children onto the international agenda.
Coinciding with the Summit is the release of he latest OECD data which show worrying trends in international aid for education, according to an analysis by UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report: aid to basic education in sub-Saharan Africa has dropped from US$1.72 billion in 2007 to $1.65 billion in 2008 while aid per pupil has dropped by 7%, taking into account the increased enrolment in primary schools.
“The World Cup is an illustration of Africa’s energy, spirit and hope,” states Irina Bokova. “Let us also ensure that it has a tangible, lasting legacy for its children.”
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