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“I feel very welcome at this conference. We have been taught how to achieve our goals in life and how to speak out. This has inspired me to work hard and I know that I will achieve my dream of becoming a nurse”


These were the words Esther Chatopola had to say about the three days National Girls Conference ActionAid Malawi Organized in a bid to promote girls education in the country.


This year’s theme Education is my right: marriage can wait, education can’t aims to inspire girls to work hard at school and to raise awareness on the problems associated with early marriages.


Speaking at the opening Ceremony of the Conference, Country Director for AAM, Martha Khonje appealed to government officials and other stakeholders for the marriage age of girls to be reviewed to 18 years of age. She encouraged the girls to work hard at school and aim to finish their education so that they can have a bright future.


In attendance as the Guest of Honor was the Principle Secretary in the Ministry of Education Lonely Magareta.


 In her remarks, Magareta commended ActionAid for promoting girls education in the country and for organizing the Conference. She assured the participants that the Malawi Government is committed to promoting Girls education in the country. She also encouraged the girls to report any violence perpetuated against them in school, in their homes and the community.


Some of the activities at the conference included exposure to role models, talks on different topics to inspire the girls to work hard at school and raising awareness on the problems associated with early marriages.


In her words the Education Coordinator for AAM, Julie Juma said that the conference gives an opportunity to the girls to understand the importance of education and the different careers available for them to pursue.