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!

See You In South Africa

The latest weeks we have been doing the final fixes to the laptops. This included cleaning the laptops and adding stickers from our sponsors Ericsson and Opera. On Monday we started packing the laptops and yesterday they were picked up and they started their journey to South Africa. It is getting closer to our departure […]

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Working hard

It’s been a long time since we updated the blog because we’ve been working hard on making the computers ready to ship at the end of the month. We’ve been cleaning the hard drive, installing ubuntu, offline wikipedia and some other free offline learning programs that we think will be much appreciated. We are done with […]

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Presentation at Göteborgs Stad Västra Hisingen Ledarforum

Today we got the opportunity to present the CESA project to 120 managers at Göteborg Stad Västra Hisingen Ledarforum. We did a 20 minute presentation where we spoke about how we with the use of their donated computers through the years donated 1200 computers to schools in South Africa and Namibia. This year we have […]

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Simon Sundström
Simon Sundström


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


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.