On 21 June 2023, MLW and Holton Community Day Secondary School came together for an inspiring MLW Science for All event held at the school grounds in Chikwawa. The event attracted a large audience of enthusiastic teachers and students eager to delve deeper into the world of science.
Organised in collaboration with the school’s science club, the Sci4O event aimed to ignite a passion for science careers among the students at Holton Community Day Secondary School. Participants ranging from Forms 1 to 4 actively engaged in various activities throughout the event.
The event kicked off with SCI4O ambassadors sharing their personal journeys and words of encouragement, captivating the students with testimonies. A documentary showcasing the scientific achievements and impact of Associate Professor Kondwani Jambo was screened, generating a palpable sense of scientific enthusiasm among the students.
One of the passionate young scientists from Form 1 David Stolo expressed how the documentary captured his attention and highlighted the importance of passion and vision in scientific pursuits.
“The event has motivated me to work hard in science subjects. I have also learnt that I need to get rid of my doubts and be determined to achieve my dreams,” said Stolo.
Headteacher for the school Henry Chinkhunda emphasised the significance of such events in inspiring young minds.
“This event has demonstrated the rewarding nature of a science career. Science is not just a subject to be studied but it is a gateway to endless possibilities and a tool for shaping the world around us. I encourage the students to embrace the wonders of science and to let their curiosity lead them towards a future filled with innovations that will benefit Malawi,” said Chinkhunda.
The event concluded with an engaging quiz, covering biology, physics, chemistry, and general MLW-related questions. Outstanding students were awarded various branded MLW items as a token of appreciation for their exceptional performance.
As the event ended, SCI4O Coordinator Marah Chibwana praised the SCI4O members and the students for a successful event, stating, “Through this event, we have sparked curiosity, nurtured passion, and celebrated the scientific achievements of Malawian scientists. With their passionate minds, these students are destined to pursue any career no matter how challenging it may seem.”
This was the second time SCI4O visited the school. Established in 2020, Holton Community Day Secondary School accommodates approximately 2000 pupils and boasts a science club with around 50 members. According to the SCI4O initiative, Holton Community Day Secondary School will continue to benefit from the initiative.