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Message de Fatma Samoura, Secrétaire Générale de la Fifa lors du Forum International de Paris sur l'Avenir de l'Education
Good afternoon everyone,
I’m sorry I can't be with you today at this important GE7 Global Education event.
A key issue you will discuss today is empowerment, particularly empowering young people through education.
Empowerment has charged forward in the last year with global conversations and movements uniting to make people’s voices heard.
As the first woman to hold the role of Secretary General at FIFA, I am committed to using my voice to push for empowerment, particularly for girls and women. In fact, our slogan for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be held in France, Dare to Shine, aims to encourage girls and women to be the very best they can be, in whatever they do.
Encouraging the education of young girls is something I know that the GE7 is working very hard on. We are all only too aware of the shocking numbers of young girls around the world who do not receive a formal education.
The attendance of so many distinguished guests today is testament to the good work you have been doing to support empowerment through education, a cause that has been high on my agenda throughout my career as a UN World Food Programme Logistics Officer, transporting and distributing millions of school meals in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and in the Balkans, as a UNWFP Country Director, piloting development programmes focusing on girls’ education in Djibouti, Cameroun and Guinea, and as a UN humanitarian Coordinator fighting to reduce the dropout rates of girl refugees and internally displaced persons in camps in Eastern Chad, Nigeria and Niger.
Sport, particularly football, can work hand in hand with education and opens many doors and many possibilities for young people. This is something that FIFA knows well and via our Football for Schools project we will distribute nine million footballs to schools in the territories of our 211 member associations and create an online platform showing teachers how they can incorporate football into education. I’m very much looking forward to it.
I want to commend everyone involved in today’s event. I encourage you all to continue with your efforts to improve access to education, particularly as today marks an important date, the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
To the many girls and women, you will encounter via your initiative, I would ask that you pass them this special message from me: Believe in yourselves! The future for you is bright if you Dare To Shine.
Once again thank you to my young country woman Amy Sarr Fall for her commendable efforts towards girls and women’s empowerment through education.
I feel very humbled and privileged to have been asked to be your guest of honour.