SADIO MANÉ’S MET HIS MATCH: Liverpool Stars Launch Right To Play's 'Save Her Seat' Campaign to Help Girls Stay in School

Right To Play ambassador and Liverpool FC star winger Sadio Mané joined Liverpool FC Women’s defender Leighanne Robe to show their support for Right to Play’s Save Her Seat.

All public donations between 1 April and 30 June will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, helping more girls claim their seat in the classroom and take charge of their future.

Worldwide, 129 million girls are not in school, denied their right to an education due to their gender. The disruption caused by the pandemic only exacerbated existing inequalities, with the futures of even more girls now under threat. Education is one of the most important investments a country can make. But for millions of women and girls, the right to an education is far from guaranteed. Three-quarters of children who may never access school are girls.

When girls are out of school, they are at greater risk of child marriage, early pregnancy, child labour, poverty, domestic violence, and female genital mutilation (FGM). Investing in girls’ education helps girls, their families, and communities. Just a single extra year of schooling can increase a girl's future earnings by up to 20%. By saving a girl’s seat in school, we can empower her with the confidence, knowledge, and safe space she needs to achieve her dreams.

Superstar footballer Sadio Mané, who grew up in southwest Senegal, visited Right to Play’s work in Senegal in 2021. He’s deeply committed to helping more vulnerable children learn through play and claim their rights to a brighter future. He explained why he’s supporting the Save Her Seat campaign and invited others to donate before the end of June:

"I’m proud to be a Right To Play ambassador and to use my passion for sport and education to support children around the world and to give them a voice. That’s why I’ve joined the team to Save Her Seat and I hope you will too. Every pound raised before 30 June will be matched by the UK government, so please donate today so you have double the impact. Together we can help girls around the world achieve their dreams.”

“Girls continue to face huge barriers in going to school,” said Gillian McMahon, Executive Director of Right To Play UK. “And in many countries where Right to Play works – such as Tanzania – girls are much less likely to complete school if they do attend. To millions of girls, a seat in school is everything. We’re so grateful to Sadio and Leighanne for supporting this chance to double the impact for girls in Tanzania and around the world.”

Through the Save Her Seat campaign, a gift of just £30 could save a girl’s seat in school for a full academic year; £150 could train a teacher to support girls to provide quality play-based education; £1,500 could save 50 seats, allowing a whole classroom of girls to continue their education; £3,000 could create a safe space for girls to learn and play and take a step towards a brighter future. Every pound donated to the Save Her Seat campaign between 1 April and 30 June will be matched by the UK government.

For more information and to donate, visit righttoplay.org.uk/saveherseat