By Sam Banda Jnr:
The United States (US) Embassy in conjunction with alumni from American universities will Saturday hold a fair at the College of Medicine in Blantyre.
US Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, confirmed the development on Tuesday when she interacted with Malawians who have attended different US programmes such as International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and Yali Mandela Washington Fellowship.
This was the first interaction programme in Blantyre held at Crossroads Hotel, where people were treated to a cocktail.
“Let Malawians come and be part of this fair where they will learn a lot on scholarships and different programmes offered in American universities such as arts,” Palmer said.
She said the number of Malawian students studying in the US increased to 10 percent last year.
“We want this number to increase so that we have more Malawians studying in American universities in different disciplines and that includes arts. So, there will be a lot to be shared,” she said.
The interaction saw the presence of some members in the creative world such as visual artist Eneless Pemba Phiri and Vanessa Nsona, who are Yali products.
Having acquired different skills through Yali, the two have been in the forefront working with women in the community in producing different artistic products for them to make ends meet.
Apart from attracting members from the creative world, the event also pulled other high-profile people such as former mayor Noel Chalamanda, Times Group Managing Editor George Kasakula, who is also a product of IVLP.
Palmer said recently the US is committed to supporting different disciplines in the country including arts.