Teenager scoops invention award


By Faith Kamtambe:


A fourteen-year-old girl has scooped the Malawi Invention Class After School Award for making a pot that can be used as a traditional refrigerator in Lilongwe.

The girl, Cynthia Kamanga, said she decided to make a refrigerator because of power problems besetting the country.


World Sharp Malawi Centre, which sponsored the award, has said learners should be innovative to contribute to national development efforts.

In the Malawi Invention Class After School Project, Standard Five learners in the primary section are equipped with theories about invention techniques, internet information search by using a mobile phone and product-making.

Learners at Chankhandwe Primary School, Chisapo, in Lilongwe were among those attending classes under the project, making products and other things to stand a chance of scooping awards.


Kamanga went away with K20,000.

“I am happy that my innovation has been recognised. I will work hard in the area of innovations to contribute to personal and national development,” she said.

Chankhandwe Primary School Head teacher, Raphael January, said the project has unearthed talent.

“More importantly, we have realised that some learners can do well when equipped with the right skills,” January said.

World Sharp Malawi Centre Invention Class Director, Inchur Sohn, said he was impressed with learners’ work.

“Some learners have, really, been very innovative,” Sohn said.

The completion is sponsored by Korean non governmental institution World Sharp.

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