SchoolNet Uganda Activities

Helping schools to enhance the teaching and learning process using Information Communication Technology (ICT) through provision of affordable computers, ICT for Education advise and sensitization, technical capacity building and support, teacher pedagogical professional development and support, local education content development, school networking and school international linkages for project-based learning


Information Communication Technology (ICT) has become an important tool in today’s world that is used in all aspects of life, it is crucial to empower the African youth and enable them to use new advanced technologies in their daily activities and to be contributors rather than only recipients of knowledge.

In 2002, SchoolNet Africa

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established Mtandao–Afrika as an African chapter of the ThinkQuest International program, designed to expand the use of Internet as a learning tool in Africa, the contest was initially tilted “ThinkQuest Africa” aiming at encouraging and rewarding African youth for developing educational websites of exceptional quality for use by other students everywhere around the world.

Mtandao-Afrika was foreseen also as an opportunity to contribute to the global knowledge, noting the scarcity of African produced content on the Internet. Mtandao- Afrika encourages the production of websites reflecting the face and identity of Africa both in terms of content and local languages, thus preserving a great heritage from extinction. The websites cover several aspects and address the major challenges that address the African continent including health, education, poverty, culture, geography, wealth, political systems, languages etc.

A team of 2-4 students work together through the cyber space with the support of 1-2 coaches who are educators, teachers or graduate students or parents.

Mtandao-Afrika is about youth empowerment, it focuses on the enhancement of management and leadership skills for the African learners thus preparing them for the work force and to become active players in the global economy and in shaping the futures of their countries. Within the course of the competition, learners are faced with real life challenges including decision making, time management, communicating across cultures, project management, tolerance and understanding. These are all required skills in today’s global market.

Mtandao-Afrika is implemented in Uganda by SchoolNet Uganda.
You can obtain more information about Mtandao-Afrika by sending an email to or by visiting Mtandao-Afrika website




Over the years, SchoolNet Uganda has received a number of International and national awards for its contribution to ICT4D. Some of the awards are:

  1. Stockholm Challenge Finalist
  2. The Golden Nica Award by Prix Ars Electronica
  3. ICT Capacity Development Award by Uganda Communication Commission
  4. The Uganda Annual Best FOSS Integration Case Award, 2005