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MUST Hosts 2017 WiSci Camp

August 4, 2017   Our Reporter
The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) is hosting the third Women in Science (WiSci) girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) camp, a public-private partnership initiative aimed at expanding STEAM. This makes Malawi the second African country, after Rwanda in 2015, to host the camp. Last year, it was held in Peru. The two and half weeks camp has drawn secondary school girls from six African countries—Zambia, Tanzania, Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda and host Malawi—and United States of America (USA). Speaking when she opened the camp on July 30, 2017, US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer encouraged the girls to be open minded and learn from one another during the camp. “Do not fear failure, be innovative. These are the hallmarks of success I was taught from a tender age. So I hope your experience here will be as positive and transformative as was the case in Rwanda and Peru. This camp aims at helping to bridge the global gender gap in the science field. More and more women are pursuing their dreams in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics,” said Palmer. She also encouraged the girls to get inspiration from many Malawian women who will be visiting them during the camp to make various presentations. “This is a privilege for you. Among others, you will meet Malawi’s First Lady who is a trained nurse and has been a parliamentarian and is passionate about girls education. You will also meet one of Malawi’s female pilots Yolanda Kaunda and an American astronaut. Make use of these people and ensure that their achievements inspire you to become what you want in life,” said Palmer. On her part, MUST Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata described the camp as a motivation to both Malawian girls and those that have come from outside countries. “As a host we are delighted. You may wish to know that our university focuses on science and technology so it is an ideal institution to host this prestigious camp. We have the necessary infrastructure and environment for the girls to enjoy their camp. “You may wish to know that as a University we also run our own girls science camp targeting secondary school girls from across Malawi. We started this last year but this year we opted to host this international girls camp so that we can learn a few things and implement them in our local version of the girls science camp,” said Professor Malata. The WiSci girls camp is a US Department of State programme being implemented by World Learning, the United Nations Foundation’s GirlUp Campaign, with support from private sector partners such as Intel and Google.