As the Girls Science Camp journey that started in 2016 continues, the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) is this year again hosting the event from August 13 to 22.
The Girls Science Camp is one of the initiatives by the university to encourage and inspire secondary school girls to love and later enroll for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related programmes for their tertiary education.
“Because of the myth that sciences are not for girls, most girls from as early as late primary school classes hate sciences and do not work hard. The result is that few girls go for STEM related courses in universities and few make careers in STEM related areas,” said Dr Davies Mweta, this year’s chairperson for the organising committee.
Dr Mweta said MUST as a science and technology university has registered very few girls since its inception in 2014 and the Girls Science Camp is one of the initiatives to reverse the trend.
“When the girls come on campus, they live a life like our university students and are treated to motivational and life skills talks, class and laboratory sessions, education visits, science project sessions as well cultural activities. This year we are coming back bigger and better,” he said.
Last year, MUST held the Girls Science Camp in partnerships with Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa) while in 2015, the camp was co-organised with Women in Science (WiSci) of the the US and it was an international camp as it attracted girls from the US and several countries in Africa.
The camp is supported by various corporate partners who sponsor students or contribute items required during the camp such as toiletries and stationery.