As one way of encouraging students in schools to take up science subjects and meet role models that excelled in sciences, Malawi Liverpool Welcome (MLW) Trust on Friday revived its annual school visits.
The trust visited Nzeru Private Secondary School in Chilomoni Township in Blantyre.
During such visits, experts discuss with students in an interactive way any topic that is relevant to what the students learn in school.
MLW Trust media relations officer Greyson Chapita said this is done to help students understand better some of the issues under the topics and inspire them to enjoy science subjects and make decisions on their career paths.
The facilitators, Neema Nthunthama, a Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) graduate and Malawi College of Health Sciences clinician and researcher Patrick Goodson had to spend about an hour answering questions from students on how they can make it to colleges that teach science courses.
“It was an interesting session. I learnt about blood circulation system before, but I did not grasp much on the topic. I have learnt a lot of new things in the topic, which I missed. I would prefer if such sessions had touched on all other topics,” said one of the students, Olive Thamanga.
Chapita said the programme is a product of the urban science café and was produced after noting that there was positive reaction from urban people.
“We want more people to like science subjects and have a better understanding of science as we are living in a world of science and technology.
Nzeru Private Secondary School head teacher Emmanuel Kambawa thanked MLW Trust for considering the school and said they expect to see more passion in science subjects from the students.
The debate took about two hours and it involved students from Form One to Four. Those that answered questions correctly were recognised and 15 of them have been shortlisted to have an opportunity to visit MLW Trust offices in Blantyre and interact with scientists.