Malawi has launched an Academy of Sciences that will pull scientists from different disciplines to come up with solutions to daily life challenges.
The academy, which will be driven by Malawian scientists, was launched on Wednesday at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Education Minister Agnes NyaLonje said the academy would help the country achieve the Malawi 2063 vision because it would have skilled human resource.
“We cannot think about education without sciences,” NyaLonje said.
National Planning Commission Director- General Thomas Munthali said, through the association, the commission would also be advising government in operationalising Malawi 2063.
“What we hope for is that the government and partners will support the academy so that it is sustained because the challenge now is to sustain it beyond the launch,” Munthali said.
United Nations Technology Bank Managing Director Joshua Setipa said the country needed solutions that were science-driven so that it should not become an exclusive topic for scientists, but every Malawian.
Academy of Sciences in Malawi Secretary- General Elizabeth Bandason said the association would be independent and bring together scientists from within the country and those from the diaspora.
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