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Pakistan and MWL to host landmark global conference on girls’ education

Hosting this landmark conference signifies Pakistan's commitment to being at the forefront of global efforts to promote girls' education.

Pakistan is set to host a significant global conference on girls’ education in September 2024, in collaboration with the Muslim World League (Rabta Alaam Islami). The event, described as “landmark” by state-run media, aims to tackle the pressing issue of educational access for girls, particularly in Islamic countries.

Addressing a Critical Need

According to the Malala Fund, Pakistan faces substantial challenges in girls’ education, with 12 million girls out of school and only 13 percent advancing to grade IX. Social norms, such as gender stereotypes and a preference for educating boys, are major obstacles. The primary objective of the three-day conference is to develop effective strategies for institutional responses and ensure better resource allocation to promote girls’ education globally.

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Diverse Assembly of Experts

The conference will gather a wide range of international and national dignitaries, including education ministers from numerous Islamic countries. Eminent scholars, education experts, policymakers, and stakeholders are expected to attend. These participants will share their expertise, experiences, and best practices in the field of girls’ education. The event is intended to be a crucial platform for discussing the multifaceted challenges girls face in accessing education and exploring innovative solutions to overcome these barriers.

Organizational Efforts

Prime Minister Sharif has formed a dedicated committee to ensure the efficient organization of the event. This committee is headed by Secretary of Education Mohyuddin Wani and includes lawmaker Nausheen Iftikhar, representatives from the Foreign Office, the Federal Directorate of Education, and the Capital Development Authority. Their collective efforts are focused on organizing the conference in a seamless and effective manner.

Platform for Global Dialogue

The event aims to bring together a significant number of participants from around the world, including education experts, policymakers, practitioners, and representatives from various international organizations. By sharing experiences and discussing challenges, the conference seeks to formulate strategies to enable better institutional responses and resource allocation for promoting girls’ education on a global scale.

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Hosting this landmark conference signifies Pakistan’s commitment to being at the forefront of global efforts to promote girls’ education. It marks a significant step toward contributing to the international dialogue on educational equity and inclusivity. As Pakistan prepares for this prestigious event, it highlights the country’s dedication to creating a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape for girls worldwide.