The Case of SchoolNet Namibia/Operations/Activities/Engaging Schools
Best ICT4D practice suggests that schools should apply to SchoolNet Namibia rather than the other way round. In practice it was a two-way process as SchoolNet needed to raise awareness of the opportunities and their funded projects often came with targets for the number of schools to be serviced.
Written applications could be submitted via the web and/or by sending a completed application form. Alternatively, candidates could contact SchoolNet via a toll free help line. The application required a letter of motivation which addressed at least some of the following according to the Educational Institutions Application Guidelines:
| Please be advised that all applications will be evaluated on the merit of the applicant's commitment to education, in the widest sense. On SchoolNet's acceptance of the application, gratis dial-up internet services will be made available, if such applicants already have technology to accommodate dial-up internet access. We should be promoting internet access to all possible civil society clients.
See Appendix 1: Sample of SchoolNet's Agreement Form which would have to be signed before any SchoolNet services would begin. The form outlines roles and responsibilities and commitments of both the school and SchoolNet. Once read and understood, the school could submit an application form which required the school's name, contact details, the number of learners at the school, a statement of intent (the school's plan to maximize the benefits) and the names of the Principal, the teacher who will be responsible for the lab. and the respondent.
When both parties had signed all the relevant documents, they were good to go. We now turn to Procurement – where do the computers come from?