Malawi focuses on strong role model mentorship for school girls to pursue their career dreams in sciences

  By Duncan Mlanjira Most school girls in Malawi are not motivated enough to pursue careers in sciences because they do not have role models they can look up to to shape them plan their academic studies towards achieving that destiny. This was echoed at the Malawi version of the Africa Science Week’s Next Einstein Forum (NEF)held at Lotus Hotel at Namiwawa in Blantyre — an initiative set by the African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS). During panel discussions,…

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Polytechnic management sends students back home after fire guts one hostel block

  By Duncan Mlanjira Management at the Polytechnic in Blantyre have been forced to temporarily close down the college due to the fire that has gutted down Nyika hostel block on Tuesday afternoon until a temporary solution is identified. Through a communique signed by acting Registrar Y.D. Chilinde, all the students, even those whose hostels were not affected, were ordered to vacate the college for home by 6pm on Tuesday evening, a few hours after the fire. The fire…

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Minister Navicha calls for strengthened advocacy against GBV

  By Ireen Kayira, MANA Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Mary Navicha has called for a strengthened advocacy against Gender Based Violence (GBV) as the country is commemorating 16 days of activism against GBV. This was said during a press briefing in Lilongwe during the official launch of 16 days of activism against GBV which is commemorated in the month of November. Navicha said there is need for Malawians to understand the negative effects of GBV,…

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Lack of disability friendly infrastructures a big challenge in schools

  By Andrew Mkonda, MANA Foundation for Community Support Service (FOCUS) says there is need for different non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to team up and compliment government efforts of providing conducive education environment to children with physical disabilities in schools. FOCUS Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Kondwani Winga said the lack of disability friendly infrastructures in some schools in the country continue to remain a big challenge to children with physical disabilities.  Wings said this during supervision exercise the organisation conducted…

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Meteorological department asks public to stay in doors during thunderstorms

  By Chikondi Basikolo, MANA The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) says most areas across the country’s regions are expected to experience thunderstorm weather conditions and in such instances, the general public is advised to take precautionary measures such as staying indoors of strong concrete structures or vehicles until the thunderstorms clear. “This is to avoid being struck by lightning or being harmed by flying objects blown off from weak structures as gusty winds associated with…

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10 students drilled in advanced ICT by Huawei in China

  By Fostina Mkandawire, MANA The 10 students that traveled to China under Huawei sponsorship for a two-week Seeds for the Future training program, arrived back in the country on Sunday after undergoing training in latest technological advancements. Speaking on arrival at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, one of the students, Nighe Gwaza — who is studying computer Science at DMI St John the Baptist University — described the trip as insightful, saying at Huawei headquarters in China…

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Unemployed medical personnel plan demonstration on Nov. 29

By Duncan Mlanjira Unemployed doctors, nurse-midwives, clinicians concerned citizens across Malawi are planning to go on a demonstration march on  November 29  to deliver a petition through City and District councils. A statement issued on November 23 by the group led by Health Rights Activist, Donald Kanjere Zgambo and Donex Tchaka Mumba, National Representative for concerned unemployed health professionals, demonstrations will be followed by a week of picketing of staff against working in public hospitals. They also plan to…

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ACB arrests school teacher for continuing to receive government salary despite leaving the civil service

By Duncan Mlanjira The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) have arrested Grace Misanjo, who is accused of receiving her salary as a government primary school teacher  despite leaving the civil services in 2013. Misanjo is reported to have left the profession to further her studies but after completing her studies she secured another job with a public entity  and continued to receive her salary as a teacher. A statement from ACB says after receiving a complaint in July, 2017, it…

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Malawi’s longest serving Speaker of Parliament Nelson Khonje dies

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s longest serving Speaker of Parliament Nelson Khonje died on Sunday at his home in Mwanza District. He has died with just 12 days away from his 96th birthday. Born on 6th December, 1923, served as Speaker of the National Assembly for 12 years from 1975-1987 and as an MP for Mwanza Central for 21 years. Wikipedia records indicate that Nelson P. W. Khonje was born in Neno, Malawi and went to school at Matandani and…

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Muslim Youth United adopts neurosurgical and orthopaedic wards at Queens

  By Duncan Mlanjira Muslim Youth United has adopted neurosurgical and orthopaedic wards at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where they donated a bale of blankets and that every week they will be expected to visit the wards to assess their needs. This was has announced at Mpingwe Sports Club on Sunday where the grouping also donated physiotherapy equipment to Kachere Rehabilitation Centre, MACOHA and FEDOMA in Blantyre that included 120 wheelchairs, 20 walkers and 100 walking sticks. The grouping…

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