Former world soccer star Didier Drogba joins the list of supporters of the Global Partnership for Education’s Raise Your Funding Hand campaign. In a video clip, he called on leaders and decision-makers around the world to mobilize the necessary support and efforts to finance education.
The campaign, which was launched in October 2020 with the United Kingdom and Kenya, aims to raise at least US$5bn to bring tangible and positive change in the educational systems of more than 90 low-income countries, which are home to more than one billion children.
The campaign will be concluded during a global education summit in London, on 28-29 July, in the presence of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait have received invitations to participate.
Commenting on this topic, Drogba said: “The Raise Your Hand campaign is an opportunity to make a quantum leap in the field of education and secure a bright future for more than a billion boys and girls”.
Alice Albright, Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Education, expressed her gratitude: “We are extremely pleased that star Didier Drogba has supported the funding campaign launched by the Global Partnership for Education 2021-2025″.
According to her, the education sector is facing an unprecedented crisis as a result of the repercussions of Covid-19, which makes the mobilization of global support more urgent.
It is no news Didier Drogba’s support to causes like that. Through the Didier Drogba Charitable Foundation, he has launched several initiatives to provide educational opportunities for needy children in his native Ivory Coast since 2007. The Foundation has financed the construction of schools in rural areas and provided school supplies and educational materials to enhance the enrollment rate and encourage students in the primary and secondary stages to complete their education.