The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) Thursday engaged Meteorology and Climate Science Students from Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in a public lecture on clouds as one was of commemorating the World Meteorological Day.
DCCMS’s Head of Public Services, Eleanor Kululanga said they decided to engage the students in order to help them link what they are learning in some of the modules and how the department operates.
“These students are undergoing a Bachelor’s Degree course in Meteorological and Climate Science so we thought of inviting them to the department for them to appreciate what the department does.
We also wanted to inspire them so that they get the first hand information from the experts and not just abstract,” she said..
Kululanga said the department played a crucial role in the development of Meteorology and Climate Science Curriculum hence the need to enhance their partnership with the university.
After the lecture, the students were taken on a tour around the department where Meteorologists equipped them with knowledge on various topics.
One of the only two second year female students pursing the programme at the university, Tapiwa Nkhutakumutu described the lecture and the tour as crucial as it has motivated her that her career indeed exists in the real world.
“During the tour, we have been educated on the different aspects of meteorology and climate change which will surely help me decide on which areas to major as we go along,” she explained.
Another student Gilbert Nseula said that the tour has opened his eyes on what needs to be done to improve the industry.
“I have been moved by what I have seen and am eager to try developing a software application that we can use in meteorology and climate service to enhance information sharing,” he said.
Apart from the students, the department also engaged communities from Traditional Authority (TA) Chigaru on issues regarding climate change.
TA Chigaru is one of the areas that has been greatly affected by climate change in Blantyre.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA