Young Malawian coders in Africa Code Week competition

Rabecca Mgoli Mwale

Malawi's STEM sector could be heading towards the right path following an announcement that four young coders Rabecca Mgoli Mwale, Sahar and Vizenge Munthali and Leah Marie Makumba have been selected to represent Malawi at the 2021 Africa Code Week.

The announcement comes at a time when the country is encouraging more girls to pursue STEM related careers.

According to the country ambassador for Africa Code week, Daniel Mvalo, the competition is about formulating ideas on real life challenges and finding tangible solutions across the continent using coding through a software known as Scratch.

“The competition engages first time coders aged 11 to 16 in creating ideas that tackle real life challenges and possible solutions.

Mvalo: Competition is about formulating ideas

Commenting on Rabecca topping the list, Mvalo could not hold back his excitement emphasizing that it is rare to find girls that are genuinely interested in STEM related activities especially coding.

“It is a great achievement for the hub and the country not a lot of females interested in coding”

He added that he hopes that she can go far in the competition to reach the top most level and be part of the top ten.

“For now, we are just crossing fingers that she goes far in the competition.”

Speaking on behalf of Rabecca’s Family, her mother, Patience Mgoli Mwale pointed out that they are excited and motivated by the path their daughter has chosen.

“Exciting that she is interested in STEM and motivating that her work and passion has taken her to the next level of the competition,” she said.

She further added that they will continue rendering their support throughout the competition.

Mwale, a standard 6-year-old pupil at Bambino International school, scooped position 1 by coining and coding an idea that will improve the country’s education.

With her team, they are competing against other pupils from 38 other countries on the continent. Twenty pupils are expected to be selected to the next level where the exceptional 10 will proceed to the final. Dates and Venue of where the award ceremony will be held will be communicated in due time.

Started in 2015 towards achieving sustainable growth, Africa Code week instills digital skills in young people across the continent with funding from SAP.