Sports for Peace Gala 2010


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Education – the key to change the world
According to Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. But unfortunately, too many children in the world today grow up without this chance, because they are denied their basic right to even attend primary school. A sustainable end to world poverty as we know it, as well as the path to peace and security, require that citizens in every country are empowered to make positive choices and provide for themselves and their families. But:

  • One in four adults in the developing world – 872 million people – is illiterate. Source: Oxfam UK – Education Now Campaign
  • More than 100 million children remain out of school. Source: UNFPA
  • 46 % of girls in the world’s poorest countries have no access to primary education. Source: Action Aid
  • More than 1 in 4 adults cannot read or write: 2/3 are women. Source: Action Aid
  • Universal primary education would cost $ 10 billion a year – that’s half what Americans spend on ice cream. Source: Action Aid
  • Young people who have completed primary education are less than half as likely to contract HIV as those missing an education. Universal primary education would prevent 700,000 cases of HIV each year – about 30 % all new infections in this age group. Source: Oxfam