African Women in Research and Development Malawi Chapter has inspired female students in Mzimba to opt for science subjects to become leaders in science, research and development operations.
Speaking on Tuesday during a mentorship session at Chambo Girls Secondary School in the district, the chapter’s senior mentor Jarret Mhango, an associate professor at Mzuzu University (Mzuni), said most girls have the perception that science subjects are difficult.
She said: “We want girls to change their attitude towards science subjects such as physics, biology, chemistry, agriculture and mathematics.
“Women dominate in economic activities such as agriculture, but their representation in leadership positions remains minimal; hence, education will take them into leadership positions.”
Another mentor, Agnes Luhanga, a lecturer at Mzuni and founder of Nyalu Agribusiness Hub, encouraged the girls to work hard.
“I know it is not easy to do well in science subjects considering the shortage of learning materials in most schools in the country, but the girls should work hard to achieve their goals,” she said.
In his remarks, the school’s deputy head teacher Master Phiri said the mentorship sessions motivated the girls to take up science subjects.
“This is something that we have been missing as we nurture the future researchers,” he said.
The mentorship session was funded by the chapter’s members using their resources.
The chapter also donated face masks to the female students and tree seedlings to the school.
About 150 female learners attended the mentorship session.