It was an exhilarating blend of science and culture that opened the launch of the first phase of the Malawi Science Centre. The launch took place at the Chichiri Museum in Blantyre on the 27th October, 2010. The occasion was graced by members of parliament, officials from government ministries, hundreds of school children and teachers, NGOs, charitable organizations, educational institutions, and private companies.
The first phase of the Malawi Science Centre Project involved identifying space indoors and outdoors at the Chichiri Museum and inviting interested companies to show case their science based exhibits. On display at the museum are quality assurance testing instruments; soap, and milk manufacturing equipment; hydropower generation facilities; models of human body parts; and telecommunication equipment amongst many items.
The next phase of the project is to fundraise US$3 million for the construction of a purposely built fully fledged science centre. The activities of the science centre will include amongst many others the display of interactive science and technology exhibits, support to schools in conducting hands-on science experiments and demonstrations, develop curriculum based skills programs and workshops for teachers, organize career-mentoring public talks and lectures on science, engineering and technology , and organize science cafes to discuss topical scientific issues.
Thank you to the companies that are showcasing their science exhibits. Congratulations to the Malawi Science Centre Project Steering Committee (SCPSC) namely Department of Science & Technology, Museums of Malawi, Chichiri Lions Club, College of Medicine and Malawi Bureau of Standards.
If you are interested in getting involved contact
Lovemore Mazibuko, Museums of Malawi, Chairperson of SCPSC, 0888551808; lovemazi-museum [at] sdnp.org.mw;
Willy Muyila, Malawi Bureau of Standards, Secretary SCPSC,0888104514; willymuyila [at] mbsmw.org;
George Chirombe, Chichiri Lions Club, Project Treasurer SCPSC & Chairperson for Fundraising; 0888826151, gtchirombe [at] yahoo.com