SchoolNet Namibia

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SchoolNet Namiba
Founded 2000
Founder Joris Komen
Dissolved 2009
Type Not for gain
Focus FLOSS in Education
Area served
Method Hands on deployment, experience-based advocacy, affordable internet
Key people
Joris Komen
Slogan Youth empowerment through Internet
Website The Case of SchoolNet Namibia (free software case study) previously (and previously]

SchoolNet Namibia was a non-profit provider of Internet service, hardware and training to Namibia's schools.[1]

From February 2000, close to 450 schools received free hardware, free training on the OpenLab and Edubuntu operating systems and subsidised Internet connectivity, as part of the plan to empower youth through Internet access.

It published the Creative Commons-licensed comic, Hai Ti!.[2]

In 2009, SchoolNet fell out of favour with the Namibian government[3] and was dissolved by its trustees and membership on 17 July 2009.[4]

As of July 2012, the original domain of SchoolNet Namibia was discontinued. An archive of the SchoolNet Namibia website could be found at until the death of Gerard Jensen in December 2014; the SchoolNet story is covered by The Case of SchoolNet Namibia] (free software case study)


  1. ^ "Award for Namibia schools project". BBC News. 10 November 2002. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "The fun way to learn". The Hindu Business Line. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "No longer connected". Insight Magazine. 3 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Joris Komen. "SchoolNet Namibia *is* officially dissolved". Retrieved 8 September 2010. 

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