General Education Minister Dennis Washinga has paid special tribute to the first family for being in the forefront of promoting girl-child education, as well as fighting against early marriages.
Dr.Washinga said the First Family has also been committed in ensurong that early pregnancies are abated.
He said this at a 2-day Conference on Girl-Child education in Africa at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka.
The Conference is held under a theme: Towards gender equality in education in Africa: Positioning the youth to champion Africa’s Education’s agenda.
The conference has attracted distinguished group of delegates from thirty three countries.
“It is important to acknowledge the work President Lungu and the First Lady are doing in helping the vulnerable people and there is need for delegates here to also recognise their efforts,” Dr. Washinga said.
The Minister said there are four pillars which are at the centre for his Ministry in promoting the Zambian education system on Girl-Child.
Dr. Washinga named the four pillars as quality of home, school administration, proper infrastructure at schools and quality of a teacher.
He explained that a quality home provides that a Girl-Child spends time to study as opposed to concentrating on domestic duties.
“Government is aware of the problems that a Girl-Child endures in attaining a quality education. This is why it has come up with programmes such as distribution of sanitary towels in schools”Dr. Washinga said.
The on going conference has been officiated by the First Lady Esther Lungu who is a good Ambassador for Girls education in Africa.