Presidents of Ghana and Portugal stress the importance of global education before their teams’ face-off at the World Cup


Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo exchanged jerseys before a football match between their two countries during an event hosted by Education Above All inside the FIFA Fan Festival.

DOHA: The Presidents of Portugal and Ghana have stressed the importance of education hours before their national teams faced off on the pitch at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2020.   

Following their comments, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and President Nana Akufo-Addo exchanged jerseys at an event hosted by Education Above All Foundation inside the FIFA Fan Festival. 

“The right of access to education is the vital thing that makes the difference. When we speak of equality and inclusive education we speak of the future and a long-term vision,” said President Rebelo de Sousa. 

For his part, the Ghanaian president said, “It’s important that the concepts of access and quality be taken right through the education ladder.  So, yes, education above all.”

Both presidents also stressed the importance of the digital ongoing revolution, with the need for better education in those fields, such as STEM, as well as the energetic revolution. 

Presidents Akufo-Addo and Rebelo de Sousa also exchanged jerseys, a symbolic act showing that only through working together in partnership to bring about inclusive access to education.

The presidential dialogue was part of Education Above All’s Scoring 4 the Goals campaign which is being held on the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament. The campaign aims to raise awareness for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global blueprint for prosperity and peace for all.

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