2010 schools partnership announced

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The partnership, between the national Department of Education, the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa and the Department of Sport and Recreation, is aimed at mobilising and educating pupils from the country’s 30 000 schools about the first Fifa World Cup™ being held on African soil.

The objective is to promote mass participation of learners around the legacy themes of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, using education, music, arts, cultural activities and football.

South Africa’s Education Minister Naledi Pandor said the campaign announced today at the Moletsane Sports Complex would be rolled out in two phases, with the first involving the country’s schools pupils assuming the identities of the countries that will be competing in the Fifa Confederations Cup 2009 from March 14-28 in five South African host cities.

The tournament features the champions of the six Fifa Confederations, as well as 2010 hosts South Africa and the defending world champions Italy.

Minister Pandor said the provincial departments of education would ensure that as part of their curriculum schools conducted research on and learnt about the countries who have qualified for the Confederations Cup, who are to date Copa America champions Brazil, Concacaf winners the United States, Asian champions Iraq and African champions Egypt.

The second phase would involve the pupils writing essays about the competing countries, as well as art competitions and inter-school football tournaments.

“My Department is very proud to be at the centre of co-ordinating this significant event, with the Department of Sports and Recreation and the 2010 Organising Committee. We believe this will encourage mass youth participation in football and help nurture our young boys and girls,” said Minister Pandor.

Addressing pupils from the eight schools that attended the launch of the partnership, Minister Pandor said, “You are the future world champions. We want to see you one day leading the South African soccer squad that will win the World Cup. The future excellence of South Africa lies in your hands and in your future. It is what you make of your opportunities that will determine what your future will be.”