LILONGWE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
 
 

Our Mission:

Our mission is to provide students with a challenging environment focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to inspire the prospect of discovery and to foster a culture of innovation based on ethical behavior and the shared interests of humanity in the 21st century and beyond.

 
 
 
 
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Impact

Through our four schools (School of Biological and Health Sciences, School of Applied and Physical Sciences, School of Mathematics and School of Languages), our main objective is to accept and educate intelligent, well-rounded high school girls who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This will be achieved by recruiting the best teachers and accepting highly promising students across Malawi and beyond. We believe that at the end of the four years, our graduates will be well prepared to apply to top colleges across the globe.

- co-founder and educator, Elton Chingapa

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Vision

Managed by the Board of Directors and run by the founders in Malawi, the Lilongwe Academy of Science (LAS) will be a non-profit school for gifted girls in Malawi. The academy will provide challenging education focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to gifted high school girls from all areas of Malawi and beyond (with a focus on Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique.) The school is expected to open its doors in fall of 2019 but a coed pilot program started during the 2017-2018 school year and is underway in Kangoma Village, 45 minutes outside of the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi.

The mission of Lilongwe Academy of Science and Technology is to provide students with a challenging environment science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to inspire discovery and to foster a culture of innovation and the shared interests of based on the principles of the 21st century.

Through our four schools (School of Biological and Health Sciences, School of Applied and Physical Sciences, School of Mathematics and School of Languages), our main objective is to accept and educate intelligent, well-rounded high school girls who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This will be achieved by recruiting the best teachers and accepting highly promising students across Malawi and beyond. We believe that at the end of the four years, our graduates will be well prepared to apply to top colleges across the globe.

 

14yrs

Half of Malawi’s Population

of 19 Million people are under the age of 14 years old. The education of this young population is critical to their survival and success, as individuals, and as a community. Educations in the technology and science sector will be critical in a global economy.

 

$320

The average income of Malawians

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the average annual income around $320 per person. This income often supports a large family, thus the education of women is all that much more imperative!

 
 

$80,000 USD

Our goal for the first half of 2019

This raise will enable us to purchase land outside of Kangoma downtown, to build a proper school with a solar array for continuous power, independent water supply, and pay for teachers for the coming year.

 
 

Our Programs

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MALAWIAN SCHOOL YEAR

The Malawian school year runs from September to June, following the southern hemisphere’s seasons. Classes are Monday to Friday, students go home for lunch or bring their own. We seek to become a boarding school, and provide meals as well to alleviate the distance many students walk, and bring light to their studies.

EDUCATION

We teach Form 1, 2, 3 and 4, which is the US equivalent of High School. Our students are around 14-18 years old, and when they graduate will be prepared to take the college entrance examinations. Our students are gifted in Math, Science and Technology and have opted for private schooling. Classes are taught in English.

Science

Public schools in Malawi, as with much of the world are lacking in strong science and technology programs. At Lilongwe Academy of Science we believe in the importance of STEM, particularly for women, for whom education is especially challenging. But Science and Technology transcend language and we find that our students even in their first year (when english learning is still in progress) are very bright.

Technology

Although Malawi currently does not have consistent electricity we can see the importance of technology growing in our day to day lives, and if our students are to excel after they graduate, in careers or creating their own path as entrepreneurs, we must train them in technology. This is a part of our curriculum to come.

 
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The Team

 
 
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President – Mr. Elton Chingapa

Elton is a native of Kangoma, Malawi, who attended Gordon College in Massachusetts to receive his Masters in Economics, but decided to return to Malawi to advance education for many. A gifted teacher he is a passionate educator and advocate for the sciences, and students of all ages.

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Librarian – Jesse Evans

Jesse lives with her husband, King, and young son Griffin on the edge of Kangoma and manages the library at LAS. The non profit hopes to grow both the library and the role in the coming years

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Director of Finance - Mr. Ishmael Mussah

Ishmael is a native of northern Malawi, growing up on the shores of the famous lake, and came to Kangoma through friendships after studying accounting at _____ Malawi College of ______ where he received an ____.

 

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If you have skills, time, love to travel, are an educator, or are just curious we would love to hear from you and discuss volunteer opportunities in the US or Malawi!

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In a country where there is little, and education is vital every dollar counts. If you are able please consider giving a donation. Thank you!