By Duncan Mlanjira, Maravi Express
Veteran insurer, Stain Singo — who is founder and chief executive officer of Smile Life Insurance Company — was guest of honour on September 12, 2022 at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) for the official launch of the inaugural Vice-Chancellor Young Engineer Academy, where he inspired 17 young minds who were selected for the programme.
The programme aims to offer the young minds, drawn from various primary and secondary schools across the country, a one-week training programme in engineering and drone technology.
Vice-Chancellor, Address Malata initiated the programme in association with MUST Institute of Industrial Research and Innovation (MIIRI) and in partnership with UNICEF, who finances the African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA), where the University trains young Africans aged between 18 years and 24 years in drone and data technology.
Most of the youths in the ADDA programme, drawn across Africa, are either university students or would have graduated from university at Bachelor’s degree level, but Professor Malata envisioned the Young Engineer Academy to introduce primary and secondary school going students to concepts in engineering and drone technology — in line with Malawi’s long term development blueprint, the MW2063, whose key pillars are industrialisation, agricultural productivity, commercialisation and urbanisation.