As one way of encouraging girls to take ICT as a career, the Malawi Communications regulatory Authority (MACRA) has pumped in K1m towards this year’s girls science camp organized by The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).
The camp is organized with the aim of motivating and inspiring girls to pursue science and technology related fields which the government of Malawi recognizes as an important driver to the Malawi economy.
Speaking at the hand over ceremony MACRA’s communications Manager Clara Mwafulirwa said it was the authorities mandate to promote ICT in the country adding that one of the aspects is encouraging girls through Girls in ICT initiative.
“All affiliates to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) join the international community to celebrate Girls in ICT and MACRA is party to that. We do conduct these celebrations every year where girls are motivated and inspired through different activities.
“We are grateful to MUST for coming up with this initiative and we are looking forward to partner with them in promoting girls in ICT.” Mwafulirwa said.
Mwafulirwa said the donation will carter for 10 girls during the entire camp of one and a half weeks.
In his remarks Acting Executive Dean of the Academy of Media Sciences, who is also the organizing chairperson of the camp Professor Wilson Mandala thanked MACRA for the gesture.
“The beauty is, we try to reach out to girls even from Community Secondary Schools. We also target girls from public Secondary schools and private schools. You might think that students from private schools are exposed to ICT but you could be shocked to learn that even them are not well conversant.
According to Prof. Mandala, the science camp started in 2016 with about 60 girls after the institution realized that most students taking science courses were boys.
MUST has around 35% girls enrolment across the board. The low enrolment according to Prof. Mandala has been always attributed to negative attitude towards science and technology by girl in Malawi.
The science camp is being held at MUST campus in Ndata, Thyolo.