Stella Maris and Ndirande Hill Secondary Schools will compete in the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Science for All (SC4O) quiz final after beating Zingwangwa and Ngumbe Secondary Schools, respectively.
Speaking after the semifinal last week in Blantyre, SC4O initiative lead Dr. Kondwani Jambo said their aim is to promote biomedical and clinical science careers in the country.
“They are a lot of problems in the health industry and yet there are few scientists studying those who are of Malawian origin. This project will encourage students at early stages to take this thing as a career.
“We started this with four schools in Blantyre and we are planning to extend nationwide where most students will be encouraged to study science subjects,” he said.
Jombo further said the project has encouraged students to form science clubs where they discuss the curriculum that they have developed.
“We are having an innovation project coming soon where students will compete by giving them funds to develop an innovation for health.
“The main objective of this project is to demystify the idea that science is studied by intelligent people or non-Malawians and we will make sure that is accessible to everyone,” he said.
In her remarks, Stella Maris matron Benita Kaswaswa said the school encourages students to work hard in science subjects.
She said: “We provide them with the handouts that were provided to us and as we are going to the finals, we will research more on all the science subjects and general area concerning the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust.”
Caption: The teams in a group photo before the competition