LUSAKA, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Zambia will this week host the inaugural International Conference on Girls' Education in Africa, with three African first ladies to be among 500 delegates, its education ministry said on Tuesday.
The three-day conference from August 23 to 25 is organized by the Forum for African Women Educationalists in partnership with the Ministry of Education, according to a statement released by the ministry.
Minister of Education Dennis Wanchinga said in the statement that the first ladies from Malawi, Mali and Uganda will be among delegates at the conference to be held under the theme "Towards Gender Equality in Education in Africa".
The conference seeks to identify strategies and opportunities for promoting youth leadership and engagement in regional, continental and international education dialogue on gender equality, with a focus on the African Union's (AU) continental education strategy for Africa and Agenda 2063.
"The conference will provide a platform to share replicable solutions to current systematic and community-based factors that continue to hinder girls and women from accessing and benefiting equitably from available education opportunities and resources," he said.
The first ladies will use the conference to dialogue on out-of-school youths, and explore strategies on increasing access to girls' education, he added.
According to him, the conference was a great opportunity to reflect on the work done to place girls' education issues on national, continental and regional levels and to domesticate agreed-upon education policies.