COMPUTING

SCHOOLNET AFRICA SIGNS FIRST LARGE VOLUME PC DONATION TO ITS CAMPAIGN

SchoolNet Africa has signed its first agreement on a donation of 10,000 PCs for African schools with KPN, a Dutch-based telecommunications company on 6 April 2005. According to Ad Scheepbouwer, the CEO of KPN who signed the agreement, KPN could have sold the PCs locally and gained from the sale but have preferred to support SNA to advance the educational use of the PCs in Africa instead.

KPN has also partnered with SISO Computers B.V to assist with packaging and transportation of the PCs. The agreement includes support for the shipment of the PCs from the Netherlands to four technical service centers (TSCs) based in Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda which are co-ordinated by Computers for Schools Kenya, SchoolNet Namibia, SchoolNet Nigeria and SchoolNet Uganda respectively. The local SchoolNet organizations will take further responsibility for the refurbishment, distribution to schools, maintenance and capacity building of teachers in their respective countries.

Last year KPN offered all schools in the Netherlands free internet access for a period of three years. This time the Global Teenager Project of SchoolNet Africa and its Dutch partner, the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) will be supported. The aims of this project are to enable secondary school students from all over the world to exchange knowledge and experiences using the internet, e-mail in collaborative learning .

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