With funding from the World Bank as operationalised by the Public Private Partnership Commission on behalf of the Malawi Government, Ntha Foundation will in the third phase of the Digital Malawi Project aim to assist young entrepreneurs through providing Business sub grants to outstanding entrepreneurs who will take part in the digital skills training and the Nyenyezi Fellowship program through the Bants2Business platform.
Bants2Business is a multi-platform forum that aims at connecting young entrepreneurs and business to growth opportunities, resources and experience mentorship through innovative events and new media.
Through the Digital Skills and Innovation Grants, we are hosting our second Bants2Business event, which will incorporate a pitch session. All shortlisted business incubation participants will be qualified to pitch at every session.
In Malawi, large classes are a common sight. Rabson Madi, an educational planner from the Ministry of Education in Malawi expressed that the average ratio is one teacher to 73 learners, where a big class can have as many as 120 learners for one teacher. This conversation will shift focus from the traditional delivery of education to the technologically advanced way of education delivery.
This Bants2Business edition will take place on 27 January, 2023 at NXT GEN Labs in Lilongwe, from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Meet the panelists, leading us in discussing The Classroom of the Future:
PROFESSOR CHOMORA MIKEKA
(PANELIST AND GUEST OF HONOUR)
Chomora Mikeka is the Director of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) in the Ministry of Education (Malawi Government) and an Associate Professor of Physics (Wireless Communications) at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He holds a Doctorate in Engineering from the Division of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering at Yokohama National University, Japan (2012), and is the Chairperson of the African Standards Organization (ARSO TC 78 – Medical Devices), National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), Pharmacy, Medicines and Regulatory Authority (PMRA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Medical Devices Forum Technical Working Group. Director Chomora Mikeka is, on behalf of the Malawi Government, the 1st Vice Chair for the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology (AU STC-EST) 4th Bureau (2022 to 2024).
REBECCA SAELUZIKA MZUNGU
Rebecca is an innovator, computer scientist, digital skills trainer, tech enthusiast and an advocate for women in STEM . She believes Malawi has an opportunity to expand its technology sector while ensuring women are represented and able to take space in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics decision making positions . She is the head of ICT and head trainer of Ntha Foundation under the Digital Malawi Project funded by The World Bank operationalized by the Public Private Partnership Commission on behalf of the Malawi Government. Rebecca holds a Masters in Engineering ( Communication and Information Systems from the Liaoning University of Technology ) and an Honors Degree in Business Information Technology from NACIT .
Eugene Maseya is an Emerging Technologies Expert who has a deep background in drones and remote sensing. He also works closely with IOT, Robotics and Mixed Reality. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Malawi, Polytechnic. In addition to being the current Managing Director of NxtGen Labs, Eugene Maseya is also the Founder and CEO of Flying Labs Malawi.
Godfrey Kambewa is a Cultural architect, International speaker , Brand strategist and an Advocate for the rights of all. He believes in now being the time for young people to take up space and lead. He is currently the Executive Director for Angaza Foundation , local NGO working towards ensuring all people have access to necessary Health Services.
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