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Former United States astronaut lands in Malawi

Former United States of America (USA) Astronaut, Leland Melvin, arrived in the country Wednesday with a call to girls in the field of science to aim high and achieve their goals.

Melvin made the remarks ahead of a lecture he will deliver at The Polytechnic today, to motivate and encourage students at the college and girls attending the third Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp underway at the Malawi University of Science and Technology.

Melvin said he was delighted to be in Malawi, saying the first time he saw the country he was in space.

“We have to make sure that all girls get motivated and inspired to venture into science-related fields. We have to motivate our girls because you never know if they explore their potential they could find a cure for cancer, they could find a cure for HIV and Aids or even be the first Malawians to walk on Mars,” he said.

Melvin has come at a time when Malawi is hosting the third WiSci Girls Steam Camp, a public-private partnership initiative designed to expand science, technology, engineering, arts, design, and mathematics.

The two-week camp has drawn participants from Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, United States of America and Malawi.

The 2017 WiSci Girls Steam Camp is a US Department of State programme being 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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