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The FCB Foundation, Unicef and ROTA are working on the use of the 3 million euros raised at February's auction
Josep Maria Bartomeu and Ramon Pont attended the meeting with Gérard Bocquenet and Essa Al-Mannai / VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
Representatives of Unicef, FC Barcelona and ROTA at the Camp Nou / VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
Representatives of the three organisations behind the 1in11 campaign (FCB Foundation, Unicef and Reach Out To Asia) met on Wednesday to discuss the first phase of the project after the charity auction at Sotheby’s in London on February 12.
The Camp Nou was the venue, where FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was joined by Ramon Pont, first vice-president primer of the FCB Foundation, Gérard Bocquenet, the Unicef director of private fundraising and alliances, and Essa Al-Mannai, the executive director of ROTA, among other senior members of each organisations.
Work in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal
The auction raised over 3 million euros that will be invested in education programmes in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal. The meeting involved the drafting of a route map to plan how the projects in these three countries will be put into action.
They key issue in each case will be the use of sport as a tool for educating children, with the FCB Foundation’s ‘FutbolNet’project playing a central role in achieving that.
In Indonesia, the campaign will be implemented in six districts to make education more accessible to handicapped children. In Nepal, Unicef has worked with the local government to identify 10 priority districts where sports programmes will be offered to secondary school children, with special attention being paid to breaking the barriers faced by disabled youngsters. In Bangladesh, the campaign will be focusing on children that are not receiving any formal education.
The project is being supported by Leo Messi and Serena Williams, who have lent their images to help boost its visibility.
Reasons for 1in1
One in eleven primary age children, 58 million out of the 650 million in the world, are not attending school. Most of these are living in highly precarious situations, such as war zones and areas of extreme poverty, and many of them are disabled or belong to marginalised or indigenous communities. The 1 in 11 project aims to do its bit to help alleviate this very serious problem.
Many schools have no sports programme at all, despite so many studies showing how such activities help to get children to attend and stay at school, while also improving their physical health and helping them to get better grades.