Page 3 Sócrates is one of the most famous and finest Brazilian footballers of all time. He played in two World Cup tournaments, in 1982 where he was captain and in 1986. While he was playing football in Brazil the country was under dictatorship – it had a government that was not freely elected and people did not have a say in how their country was run. The military controlled the people for over twenty years. This made life difficult for the people of Brazil and many felt frustrated with the lack of choices they had. Football clubs were also less free to manage their clubs how they wanted to. Sócrates and his teammates decided to begin to introduce democracy to their team – they began to vote on matters that were important to them. This got him a lot of attention! The footballer also used his fame to support the people of his country. He and his teammates wore the word “democracy” on the back of their T-shirts. In 1982 Sócrates and his teammates wore shirts that said “Vote on the 15 th ”, encouraging their fans to vote for democracy in their country, which they did! FOOTBALLERS TAKE FAIR ACTION Sócrates’ most famous quote was: "Win or lose, but always with democracy.“
Page 4 FOOTBALLERS TAKE FAIR ACTION Didier Drogba is a star player for the Ivory Coast. He played in their first ever World Cup appearance in 2006, was the team captain in 2010 and is set to return for the 2014 competition. When the Ivory Coast qualified for the World Cup in 2006, the country had been in civil war, a battle between the government and rebels, for five years. Hating what was happening to his country, Drogba decided to use his fame to help bring peace. Surrounded by his teammates in his dressing room, Drogba took a microphone and spoke on national television. He asked for the fighting to stop and almost immediately the Ivory Coast began a cease fire, where all opponents put down their weapons and stopped attacking one another. Leaders from both parties stood together to sing the national anthem of the Ivory Coast at the 2006 World Cup. Drogba is known as a player who puts his ‘best foot forward.’ Click to read more about Drogba
Page 5 FOOTBALL AND FAIRNESS Both Socrates and Drogba took action when they were faced with unfairness. What does it mean to ‘take action’? Why is it important? Did they do it alone?
Page 7 OTHER PEOPLE TAKE FAIR ACTION These people were not well known when they started taking action. Find out what actions they took and how they worked with others to influence change.
Page 8 MAKING THE WORLD FAIRER What have you learnt about making the world fairer? Do people change things by themselves? How is taking action important? Who do you know who has taken action for fairness? How could you take action? What would you ask for, and why?
Page 9 CALENDAR OF ACTION Have a look at some things you can get involved with http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/global-citizenship/promoting-action/calendar-of-action