WiSci Summer Camp Brings Girls to Malawi to Break Down Barriers.


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‘Warm Heart of Africa’

One of this year’s campers is Promise Chipeta, a 15-year-old from Malawi who is interested in creating cosmetics and learning about entrepreneurship.

“I will use this time wisely,” she wrote on the Girl Up blog about her two weeks at WiSci. “I want the world to know that I am an intelligent girl.”

Chipeta’s father died when she was 6, and her mother struggled to raise her alone, having her attend a free public school and later placing her in an orphanage. Despite the circumstances, Chipeta thrived.

“I became the president of my class,” she said. “Donors from the United States would come and visit, and one day one of the donors was interested in my talent and gave me a scholarship to learn at Mzuzu International Academy.”

She described her fellow WiSci campers as family. One day she hopes to be able to give back to her orphanage and support other girls who can’t afford school. She wants to make her mother proud.

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries and has been severely impacted by the AIDS epidemic.

Indications of progress are small but happening, such as an increase in the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 last February. Considered the “warm heart of Africa,” WiSci has found the country and campus to be a welcoming host.

The counselors led the girls on a hike at Mount Mulanje and brought them to a tea plantation to learn about the local industry. They also visited Green Malata, an organization that provides vocational training for young locals to equip them with marketable skills, including courses in renewable energy and information technology.

“It really complemented the hard skills that the girls were learning in the classroom and really allowed them to see firsthand how STEAM projects can affect real lives,” camp director Jessica Ellerbach of World Learning said.

Throughout the two weeks, the girls bonded deeply, whether they were from a rural town in the U.S. or an African village with little internet access. Some of the American participants were of African descent and had the opportunity to discuss their culture with their African peers.

An astronaut, the U.S. ambassador to Malawi and women leaders in Africa’s tech industry came and spoke. Malawi’s first lady was at the camp’s closing ceremony.

“I don’t think anyone really knows what Malawi (or Africa for that matter) is going to be like until they get here,” Kansas City’s Ruby Rios, 17, wrote in a Girl Up blog. “There are so many stereotypes and ideas about what people and the scenery are like that it was difficult for me to know what I was walking into until I stepped off the plane.”

She learned about the similarities and differences between her and her African peers through conversations and close friendships with girls in her cohort. She learned that some girls have to travel hours to get to school every day and that many can also sing along to Ed Sheeran tunes word for word just like her.

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Documentary, about people with albinism in Malawi.

Malawi: "We will not rest"

By Sofia Moro

Spanish photojournalist, Sofia Moro, visited Malawi earlier this year, to document the targeting of people with albinism. 

The bell rings to herald a class change as we cross the sports fields of Mzuzu International Academy, the only internationally-accredited secondary school in northern Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. In all of the 800 kilometres we have travelled so far, these are the most modern and appropriate facilities we have seen.

Our trip was planned following a visit to Madrid several months ago by Bonface Massah, President of the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), to denounce an upsurge in their persecution in his country. Knowing that I would be in Malawi not long after, Amnesty International asked me if I could spend three days documenting the situation that Bonface was denouncing.

It is a journey of more than 1500 kilometres from the capital to Chitipa, a small town in the north of the country on the border with Zambia and Tanzania. I was accompanied by Chimwenwe Mungomo, APAM Programme Officer, and Christabel Mvuls, interpreter. Halfway there, we stopped at Mzuzu Academy. The principal, Peter Yates, showed us around the school’s facilities. He is a British national with long experience of teaching in the developing world: “Nigeria, Yemen, Iran...” he lists. “This school has by far the fewest resources, and has been the biggest challenge in my career,” he later confided.

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Mzuzu International Academy student's project project to reach underprivileged peers wins them ‘Your World’ award



On Monday, 11th July,  the students;  Rahim Michael Sadik, Mathew Mbale, Wongani Lungu, Kike Nyirenda, Tamara Msachi and Tupochele Chatuwa were honoured in a prize presentation ceremony held at British Council office in Lilongwe.

Director of British Council in Malawi, Reena Johl, said she was proud that Mzuzu Academy has put Malawi on the map through their inspiring video.

“As the name of the competition, Your World, suggests, this was a global schools competition which allowed students to share with their colleagues around the world a picture of their lives. We are delighted that Mzuzu Academy won with their impressive and innovative entry that is mutually benefitting the school and community,” said Johl

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues after receiving the prizes, one of the students, Rahim Michael Sadik, said they were happy to be crowned regional winners of ‘Your
World’ Competition.                                                                                                   

“The feeling is unimaginable because the video which we produced, of teaching English and Mathematics to young boys and girls at Kwithu CBO, which is a way of giving back to community while helping us to reinforce what we learn in

class, became a winning entry and we thank British Council for the opportunity,” said Sadik.       





2016 IGCSE Examination Results

The Chairman and Board of Directors, Principal and Staff of Mzuzu International Academy wish to congratulate the class of 2016 on their IGCSE Examination Results. During this examination session the school achieved a 100% pass rate with 74% of students achieving A*-C grades.

The school would particularly like to highlight the success of the following students:

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Fun Day and Cross Country


Mzuzu International Academy presents: Fun Day and Cross Country event, for more details read the poster below



FunDay and Cross Country

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