Paul Mahatta, winner of 2016 Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) innovators award alongside two other winners left the country on Wednesday for the People’s Republic of China for a month-long training in technology innovation for developing countries.
Mahatta, a Form One student at Chikonde Community Day Secondary School in Mulanje invented a maize mill using locally available bicycle materials without any prior formal knowledge on how a maize mill operates.
Following his great contribution to the community, MBC through the innovators award program identified Mahatta who after competing with others emerged victorious.
Speaking before departure at Chileka International Airport, the young scientist said he was happy to leave the country for China where he expects to advance his skills and knowledge in science.
Mahatta said science remained his best field and promised to utilize every opportunity in China so that he could come back home and make a difference in society.
“This is a life changing opportunity. All along, I have been looking forward to a day like this one. I am determined to make a difference to my country with the little knowledge I have in sciences,” he said.
Mahatta hailed MBC for introducing the innovators award program, describing it as a platform for creating opportunities for local Malawians to showcase their talent.
“Through the program Malawians and the world at large are able to know the talent that some people in the country have. Therefore, MBC should continue with this program,” he pleaded.
MBC Public Relations Officer, Chembezi Mhone said this year alone, the public broadcaster has sent five winners to China and that many more would be going before the end of May.
“In total, MBC has managed to send 25 awardees to China through the innovations award programme.
“We are grateful to the Chinese Government for partnering with us and also for supporting all awardees to attend training in China,” said Mhone.
Mhone added: “The innovations award program was solely introduced to honour Malawians practicing principles of integrity, hard work and patriotism.”
The two others Mayamiko Nkoloma and Kanduwa Sande were recognized for developing computer technologies applications (e-health systems) being used in 12 health facilities of the country and for developing sports in the community respectively.-MANA