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South Africa holds education summit before World Cup final

South Africa's president is taking fellow leaders to the World Cup final, but first read them a lesson. At an education summit that held in the capital hours before the Dutch-Spanish final today, Jacob Zuma urged Arican leaders from developed countries to honor pledges to support education in poor countries.

world Updated: Jul 11, 2010 20:48 IST

South Africa's president is taking fellow leaders to the World Cup final, but first read them a lesson. At an education summit that held in the capital hours before the Dutch-Spanish final today, Jacob Zuma urged African leaders to ensure parents don't have to pay school fees or buy uniforms, factors that keep children out of school. He also urged leaders from developed countries to honor pledges to support education in poor countries.

The summit is the culmination of 1GOAL, a campaign supported by football's governing body to use the attention the World Cup commands to publicize the need to get more children into school. An estimated 72 million children aren't in school and millions more do not have access to quality education, according to 1GOAL.