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Welsh Office Minister backs 1goal campaign

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Welsh Office Minister David Jones joined pupils at Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn in Colwyn Bay to see what pupils are doing to highlight the 1Goal campaign…

Welsh Office Minister with pupils from Ysgol Pen-Y-BrynWelsh Office Minister David Jones joined pupils at Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn in Colwyn Bay to see what pupils are doing to highlight the 1Goal campaign, which aims to provide all children across the world with an education.

The Global Campaign for Education has teamed up with famous footballers to launch 1Goal ensuring that a legacy is left following the World Cup in South Africa - to get every child into school.

Pupils at the school have made a 20 metre supporters scarf to send to the Prime Minister, ahead of talks in September on the Millennium Development Goal of every child completing a quality education by 2015.

Mr Jones said:  “This campaign highlights the fact that many young people are still unable to access primary education.  A good education can open up a world of opportunities so we must all work together to ensure every young child has access to education wherever they live in the world.

“Pupils at Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn have been busy working on their scarf and their efforts are raising the profile of this important campaign.  I was so impressed with their efforts that I have invited pupils to visit the Wales Office in London when they deliver the scarf to 10 Downing Street next month.”

Notes

In the year 2000, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed, world leaders promised that every child would complete a quality education by 2015. With just 5 years to go 72 million children are still unable to access primary education, with many millions more forced to drop out of school before they complete their education.

In September this year, a Summit will be held in New York to review the Millennium Development Goals, including the target for universal primary education.