The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in partnership with the Chinese Embassy in Malawi on Thursday flew three innovators for a month-long training in China.
The three, Paul Mahata, Kanduwa Sande and Mayamiko Nkoloma, who will undergo a technology innovation for developing countries training, were identified through MBC’s annual Innovations Awards in 2016 and last year.
The 2017 overall winner in science and technology category, Nkoloma is the brains behind the e-health system for tuberculosis and community intervention. The system is currently operational in 12 health facilities in Malawi.
Mahata, a 20-year-old Form One student from Mulanje, was the 2016 winner of the category and he invented an out-of-the ordinary maize mill using locally available bicycle parts.
While Sande was recognised in the sports category for his passion in developing the sector in his local community in Machinga.
In an interview before departure, Mahata commended MBC for recognising him and pledged to do more for the country upon return from China.
MBC public relations manager Chembezi Mhone said the idea to send the innovators to China is to enable them share experience and network with peers and professionals to broaden their spheres.
“As MBC we anticipate them to perfect their respective skills so that they fully contribute not only to their communities but the society as a whole,” she said.