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First Lady urges girls to aim high

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has called on girls in the country and those outside Malawi to work hard and aim high in their studies in order to achieve their dreams and contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.

Mutharika made the remarks at Malawi University of Science and Technology in Thyolo during a closing ceremony of the third Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp, a public-private partnership initiative designed to expand science, technology, engineering, arts, design and mathematics.

The two weeks camp attracted girls from Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, United States of America (USA) and the host Malawi.

Mutharika said she is a girl-child advocate and the camp came when Malawi is fighting to end child marriages.

“I have been encouraged by the way the girls have displayed their skills and zeal to learn from each other. I know you have learnt from one another and from the influential women who came to speak to you. I encourage you to blow your own trumpet. Aim high to achieve your goals. Get rid of the idea that science is a male-dominated field, we all can do it,” she said.

USA Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, described the camp as a success.

“This camps aims to help bridge the global gender gap in the science field. More and more women are pursuing their dreams in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” she said.

Sixteen-year-old Nomsa Msimuko from Malawi said the camp was an eye-opener, arguing she will never be the same after the knowledge she has acquired from the camp.

“We had mentors from Google and Intel among others. We have learnt so many things. We had culture night, this also helped us be exposed to the way our friends live,” she said.

The camp was implemented by World Learning, the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, with support from private sector partners such as Google and Intel.

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