Airbus Foundation and African Ninety Nines in Malawi project

The Little Engineer and The African Section Ninety Nines International Organisation of Women Pilots, together with its partner Airbus Foundation, is to roll out the Airbus Little Engineer (ALE) interactive digital programme in Malawi.

Airbus Foundation and African Ninety Nines lauch Little Engineer in Malawi.  The project was rolled out in Botswana in February 2019 with great success as you can see from the image courtesy of Airbus.

The African Section Ninety Nines is a non-profit organisation of International Women Pilots called the Ninety-Nines. It is the only and first organisation for women pilots established in 1929 by 99 women pilots founded by Amelia Earhart. The organisation currently holds over 6000 members divided into chapters and sections depending on their geographical locations from 44 countries. The African Section 99s International Organisation of Women Pilots was founded by Ivana Alvares-Marshall based in Malawi.


The motto of the Ninety Nines is to promote advancement of aviation for women through education, scholarships and mutual support whilst honouring their unique history and sharing their passion for flight.


The African Section 99s together with the Airbus Little Engineer is promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Aviation. The aim is to educate youth between ages 10 and 16 years old within the community in Malawi with respect to science, technology, engineering and mathematics through series of interactive online 3D modeling workshops. The goal is to encourage students to understand and embrace technology and ignite a passion that could grow into an exciting STEM career. “This is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals said Governor Ivana Alvares-Marshall.