KASUNGU-(MaraviPost) – One of Malawi’s major telecommunications company Airtel, on Wednesday donated MK1.5 million towards the hosting of this year’s national science fair.
The eighth fair is slated for Sunday, July 2 to Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Kamuzu Academy in the central district of Kasungu.
This is the second consecutive year Airtel Malawi is making the donation towards the hosting of the science fair.
It is expected that it will be open to the public on Tuesday, after the Minister of Education officially opens the fair.
Speaking after representing the cash donation, Kondwani Mkandawire, Airtel Territory Sales Manager for Kasungu, explained that as a brand that supports the youth, the company was impressed with the skills and innovative projects that participating students bring to the fair.
“Our plan as a brand, is to continue to support the young students through this platform, help them reach their dreams, and unleash their potential as future leaders that will help propel our economy innovatively,” Mkandawire said.
Receiving the funds on behalf of the 2017 School Science Fair planning committee, Lion Jack Kam’mayani, who is the Fair Coordinator, said that the timely support from Airtel would cover logistical expenses for the fair participants that are coming in from across the country.
“This year the fair will showcase a total of 34 projects; 33 of them will be from our local schools, whilst the 34th project, will be from South African students from Prestige College, who were the winners of the 2016 South Africa National Schools Science Fair,” Kam’mayani said.
The Fair is expected to attract secondary and community day secondary schools, students from various districts in Malawi. They will showcase their various innovative science projects around energy, health, and the environment.
Rumphi Secondary School was the winners of the 2016 National Science Fair; it showcased a flood detection circuit system using batteries.