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Malawi hosts 2017 Girls Steam Camp

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Malawi is hosting 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-week camp is taking place at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) and participants are from Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, United States of America (USA) and the host Malawi.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the camp, US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer encouraged the girls to be open-minded and learn from one another during the camp.

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“We hope your experience will be as positive and transformative as participants of the Rwanda and Peru camps. This camp 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.

Palmer encouraged the girls to be inspired by Malawian women who will visit the girls during their camping.

“You are privileged that you will have the chance to meet Malawi’s First Lady [Gertrude Mutharika] who was trained as a nurse and was once a Member of Parliament. You will also meet Captain Yolanda Kaunda, Malawi’s first female airline captain. Make use of these people, their achievements should inspire you to become what you want in life,” she said.

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Must Vice-Chancellor Address Malata said the camp serves as a motivating factor to both Malawian girls and those from other countries.

“We are delighted to be the host this year. Science is usually termed the path for men but when such girls come together, it brings encouragement to them, knowing they too can make it in the science field. Our girls will learn from the others and this will help build their confidence and ambitions for better,” she said.

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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