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!

The third and unfortunatly last week.

Sawobona (Hi in Zulu), During this last week, we had a lot of computers left since the last week was cut a bit short. So what we did was that we stepped up the game a bit and tried to go to more schools per day. This wasn’t as easy as it might seem since […]

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A Short Second Week

The work this week is already over because of the South African national holiday Women’s day, which is celebrated tomorrow (Thursday). Since the holiday is on a Thursday the schools are closed on Friday too. This week we went to four different schools and donated a total of 40 new laptops. Today we were at […]

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First Week in Hluhluwe

A first week of work in Hluhluwe is done. We arrived Saturday evening to Hluhluwe and on Sunday we went to Hluhluwe town to buy and order some adapters for the laptops. During Monday we did not go to any school, but stayed at Star for Life’s office to look though the computers and organize […]

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WE ARE CESA 2018

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.