Organisers of the 2022 Miss Malawi pageant, Alpha Arts, have opened voting lines today, Monday for top 10 contestants that will be part of the bootcamp at Kambiri Beach Resort in Salima from November 27 ahead of the December 3 red carpet event scheduled for Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.
The 20 then underwent a training in early childhood development, the theme for the pageant, which was sponsored and administered by Nyasa Junior Academy, at which they were tasked with different activities.
One contestant, Natasha Tembo automatically secured her place in the top 10 after impressing the organisers from the tasks.
Meanwhile, in line with theme, ‘Early Childhood Development’, one of the contestants, Umiwangu Mlanjira has rolled out her charity drive towards the event by donating learning materials at Ndirande LEA School in Blantyre.
The graduate in Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing-Child Health, obtained this year at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), visited the school on Monday dressed in her nurse’s uniform — accompanied by her supportive mother, Josephine.
The school management, that included the headteacher Mrs Jeremiah, her two deputies, the Standard 1 teachers, also allowed her to make a motivational speech and watched her interacting with the young minds.
Without any interference from the class teachers, Umiwangu seamlessly interacted with the young minds on the topic of health wellbeing as well as impressing them on the importance of education.
The learners and management of the school, popularly known as Kachere, looked immensely impressed with her ease in interacting with them and were particularly excited with the humble gift of an exercise book, a pencil, ruler, sharpener and an eraser.
In an interview later, Umiwangu said she was at ease in engaging with the kids having had an experience to work as an intern at Rise & Shine at Maselema and Great Beginnings Montessori School in Kanjedza, soon after finishing at St. Mary’s Secondary School in Zomba.
“When I was selected to KUHeS, then known as Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), I continued to teach children during holidays in our neighborhood at Malaysia in Ndirande, which is in Blantyre Malabada Constituency,” said the 23-year-old contestant.
“I was teaching the nursery stage toddlers just basics, such as the alphabet, singing, letter writing and helping them become deep friends amongst themselves and to date, most of the kids are in government school setting.
“This was my first engagement in early childhood development and Miss Malawi’s theme resonates well with what I have already experienced for the past five years.”
“You can help buy an exercise book, a pencil and an eraser to help a pupil to learn how to write and read. Help me by holding my hand, dear Malawi, as we promote early childhood education.”
She indicated that contributions can be made towards her cause through the following accounts National Bank account number 1004331369; Mpamba on 0881851548 and Airtel Money: 0999513791.
She promises that the funds will be accounted for and that every contribution will be acknowledged on her Facebook account.
For this first exercise, Umiwangu said she was assisted by two wellwishers and she said she was immensely grateful of their gesture, which she did not solicit for but that they saw the appeal on her Facebook page.
Thus she calls out to well-wishers to assist towards her cause because she wants to reach out to other primary schools in Ndirande, saying every tambala counts and that the learning materials she targets to distribute can inspire a learner’s mind to stay in school.
“We all have a role to play to make sure that children should look forward to going to school every single day. I experienced it when I was teaching them in my neighborhood — they always looked forward to the next day’s lessons.
“Some of them would even leave their homes on their own whenever their mothers were delaying to escort them to our home. That’s what motivated me to think of donating to Standard 1 pupils, because that’s the second step towards early childhood development after the nursery school,” she said.
The top 20 girls were also afforded motivational talk sessions by various top women executives, civil rights leaders and religious speakers in celebration of Mothers Day on October 15 held at Heritage Hotel in Limbe.
The event started with online and walk-in auditions in Blantyre at Lotus Hotel, in Lilongwe at the Bamboo Boutique Hotel Mzuzu at the Grand Palace Hotel.
Bamboo Boutique Hotel and Lotus Hotel are managed by Serendib Hotels, who are also Alpha Arts’ partners in the organisation towards the success of the Miss Malawi pageant.
Other Serendib Hotels’ hospitality locations are Serendib Suites (in Namiwawa); Heritage Hotel in Limbe (formerly Shire Highlands Hotel); Kambiri and Blue Waters Beach Resorts (both in Salima) and Zaburi Beach Resort in Mangochi.
Another partner of the return of the pageant is Malawi’s leading media house, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), who signed an agreement which will see the most award-winning television and radio station as official broadcaster.
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