About our work

Project Objectives

CESA, Computer Education in Southern Africa, is a group of students from Chalmers University of Technology working to give children in southern Africa a better education through donated computers and computer knowledge.

The goal of the CESA project is to continuously, every year, deliver and install computers at schools which do not have computers as a natural part of the education. Many schools in southern Africa, especially on the country side, do not have access to computers and the knowledge they can bring at all. So far only schools in South Africa and Namibia have been involved, but we are open to broaden the domain to include other contries in the south of Africa.

 

Project Background

The project was initiated by Samuel Bengmark in 2008. He was then Head of the Software Engineering Programme at Chalmers University of Technology, and the members have since then been three new students from this programme each year. CESA cooperates with the organisation Star for Life which operates on South African and Namibian schools to prevent the spread of AIDS. Star for Life takes on disadvantaged schools to inform about the disease, motivate students to take control of their lives and dare to believe in a future. The organization started in 2005 and today helps about 50 schools in South Africa and Namibia. These are the schools we visit for the installation of computers and computer practice, so as to help motivate and inspire the pupils.

 

Project Result

Since the projects start, nine journeys have been made to the KwaZulu-Natal area, north of Durban, and one journey to the area around Windhoek in Namibia. During the first trip, 212 computers were installed at 11 different schools which gave approximately 10 000 pupils access to computers. We have worked to provide both pupils and teachers with basic knowledge of how to use the computers. The following years similar contributions have been made. Our goal is to ship and install about 300 computers each year but some years the focus has been more on education and maintaining the computers already at the schools. The trips have been very rewarding and valued by both the school management and pupils.

 

Stay up to date with CESA!

CESA 2018

A new year is coming and with that a new CESA, the eleventh in a row. We are very excited about our mission and adventure. We will do out best to keep up the success of CESA. We would like to thank our chairman Samuel Bengmark and the other members from previous years for the […]

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A hectic last week

At this moment we are sitting at Mugg & Bean (the best coffee shop in the country; not sponsored advertisement) at King Shaka International Airport in Durban, waiting for a plane to take us back home to Sweden, via Dubai once again. The three weeks of work for CESA – Computer Education in Southern Africa […]

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Both ups and downs during second week

The second week for CESA 2017 has had both some good and less good parts. On Monday we had prepared a lesson in web development for the students at Bonga High School. They already had some experience in HTML, but we introduced both some CSS and some Javascript. The class was very much appreciated by […]

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We are CESA 2017

Simon Sundström
Simon Sundström

Treasurer

A software engineering student that enjoys experiencing new things and meeting new people. I am a part of CESA 2018 because I want to get to know a lot of new people and get to introduce them to the wonders of computers.

Rebecca Finne
Rebecca Finne

Vice-chairman

A software engineering bachelor student with a great interest in exploring different cultures. I am in CESA 2018 to be able to make a difference and help students in Southern Africa get a computer education.

Hanna Carlsson
Hanna Carlsson

Board member

A software engineering bachelor student with a passion for travelling and discovering new cultures. I’m in CESA because I want to give other students the opportunity, that’s always been a given for me, to get a computer education.