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


1. World Links Organization

SchoolNet Uganda was founded by World Links in 1997 and supported all the activities of SchoolNet Uganda up to October 2003. SchoolNet Uganda was the first World Links program in developing countries. World Links was very instrumental in supporting the establishment of SchoolNet Uganda as a national ICT in Education not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)

World Links is an innovative, award-winning, and independent not-for-profit enterprise, spun off from the World Bank, which leverages the unique potential of technology to bring opportunity and hope to disadvantaged youth around the world. A recognized leader in preparing students in developing countries and their teachers with 21st Century skills, World Links uses information and communications technology (ICT) and new approaches to learning to build skills and expand horizons. World Links’ training, combined with access to computers and the internet, results in the skills, knowledge, attitude change, and insight necessary for youth to participate and compete in global and local economies, while playing an important role in helping to eradicate poverty.


2. SchoolNet Africa

SchoolNet Uganda is an active member of SchoolNet Africa. SchoolNet Uganda current Executive Director is a Board member of SchoolNet Africa. SchoolNet Uganda is the implementing partner of SchoolNet Africa activities and projects in Uganda like the one Million Computers for the Africa schools campaign and the Mtandao-Afrika website competition.

SchoolNet Africa is one of Africa’s first African-led, African-based non-government organisations (NGO) that operates across the continent in its endeavor to improve education access, quality and efficiency through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in African schools. SchoolNet Africa works mainly with learners, teachers, policymakers and practitioners through country-based SchoolNet organisations across Africa.

SchoolNet Africa’s mission is to support national SchoolNets throughout Africa by mobilizing resources, building effective partnerships and knowledge in promoting education through sustainable use of ICTs in African schools.


3. World Population Foundation

SchoolNet Uganda is currently implementing the “World Starts With Me” (WSWM) project in 70 schools in 25 districts across the country (2007). World Starts With Me is a sexual reproductive health and rights curriculum aimed at building students capacity to make informed decisions about their sexuality. The schools participating in WSWM are to be increased to 100 schools in 2008. World Population Foundation supports and funds the WSWM project in Uganda.

World Population Foundation (WPF) is a Netherlands based organization whose mission is to work to improve the quality of life in developing countries by promoting:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
  • Awareness of the importance of SRHR for sustainable human development.
  • Understanding the central role of reproductive health in population issues through awareness creation, education, resource mobilization and provision of information and services, especially for women and young people.


4. International Education and Resource Network

SchoolNet Uganda through the iEARN network links Uganda schools, teachers and students to other school, teachers and students for tele-collaborative project-based learning. SchoolNet Uganda is an assembly member of the International Education and Resource Network. SchoolNet Uganda current Executive Director served on the iEARN Executive council 2005/2006 and 2006/2007.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world.

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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