Shakira, who is performing at a concert to kick off soccer's World Cup visited a South African school yesterday to rock the Waka Waka (the official World Cup dance) with students there, but also to bring attention to 1Goal: Education for All.
1GOAL is a campaign that hopes to use the popularity and power of soccer to ensure that education for all is a lasting impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The campaign was officially launched on October 6, 2009, in a satellite-linked ceremony led by the 2010 FIFA World Cup host, South Africa President Jacob Zuma, Her Majesty Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen of Jordan, Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, Sepp Blatter, the FIFA President, and other leaders from around the world.
From the 1GOAL site:
There are 72 million children out of school across the world. That's more than all the children that are in primary schools across Europe, USA, Canada, and Australia combined. 1GOAL hopes to make education a reality for those children by 2015 by bringing together soccer players, fans, charities, and organizations around the world.
Jessica Alba, Bono, Salma Hayek, Mia Hamm, Thierry Henry, and many many others are all supporters of 1GOAL.
Will you join?
Will you do the Waka Waka for 1GOAL?