Minister of Education Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano says investing in science and technology is crucial in ensuring that the nation moves from aid to trade.
He was speaking on Monday at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Thyolo where he opened a week long science camp for over 150 girls drawn from secondary schools from all corners of the country.
Fabiano said it is high time Malawians became innovative and apply the skills gained in the country’s universities in manufacturing products that can be exported and bringing in more forex.
Said the minister: “As a nation that has people who are adequately trained in science and technology it is high time we start doing things differently by venturing into manufacturing industries that will be able to drive our economy,”
He also advised the girls to develop special passion for science subjects and help deal with gender disparities that surround science and technology.
Acting vice chancellor of the university professor Address Malata bemoaned lack of female scientists in the country.
Malata said the science camp is part of addressing low enrollment of female students into science and technology related programmes at University level.
She added that the camp aims at according the students an experience of University life so as to motivate and inspire them to aim higher in their studies, especially in areas of science and technology.
According to Malata only 21 percent of girls make it to the Thyolo University each year.
“I urge girls out there to change their attitude towards science and deal with the gender disparities that surrounds science and technology so that perhaps in the near future we should have a balanced number of girls and boys selected in our universities,’ she said.
During the week, female science experts will give motivational talks to the girls.