Kilwa Masoko (2009) Mandawa (2009) Lindi (2010) Ilulu (2011) Mahiwa (2011) Nkowe (2012) Mbekenyera (hopefully 2012) Nachingwea (hopefully 2012)

About all the projects


KILWA MASOKO (2009): The Secondary school in Kilma Masoko has 850 students. Ukengee placed 20 pc's including  5 internetconnections

MANDAWA (2009): The Mpunyule Secondary School in Mandawa has 325 students. Ukengee placed 20 pc's including 3 internetconnections.

LINDI (2010): The Secondary School in the capital of the Lindi Region has 800 students. Ukenee placed 18 pc's, including 4 internetconnections.

ILULU (2011): The girlschool in Ilulu has 240 students. Ukengee placed 16 pc's including 4 internetconnections.

MAHIWA (2011): The Secondary School in Mahiwa has more than 1080 students and is an important school for the region, but also nationwide. More than 200 students come from far away in Tanzania and they are intern. This is an extraordinairy school, because girls are also allowed to follow the A-level (form 5 and 6). Most of the schools only except boys for the A-level.
The official opening of the computerlab was on February 22, 2012.

NKOWE (2012): The Secondary School in Nkowe has 565 students and situated more than two hours drive (on not paved roads) from Lindi. This school has a strong regional function. The two Primary schools, the hospital, the monastic order and the technical school can benefit from the computerlab too.

This project for the Secondary School in Nkowe was realized after a special fundraising event. On September 7 2011, over a hundred special guests enjoyed a tasteful 'sit down diner' and a special performance of the famous musical 'Soldaat van Oranje'. This event was organized by Ukengee Foundation and Dutch NGO 'Wilde Ganzen'.
In February 2012 the computerlab was officially opened.

LIWALE (2012): The 623 students have a computerlab since October 2012.

MBEKENYERA (2012): The Secondary School in Mbekenyera with 635 students have a computerlab since October 2012.

NACHINGWEA (2012): The Mnero Secondary School has 480 students and a computerlab.

KIBUTUKA (2014): The Kibutuka Secondary School has 350 O-level students and the computerlab is functioning well from end 2013. The official opening was planned for February 2014, but because of bad weather it was changed in April 2014.

Kilwa Masoko is the largest city in the district of Lindi. There are about 13.000 inhabitants.
The secondary school has approximately 850 students. It is located at the outskirts of the city.
The schoolmanagement speaks fluent English and has a progressive attitude. They had two basic, but old fashioned computers, which they use for administration and registration of students population. 75% of the studentpopulation is Muslim. Emancipation of women is stimulated by the teachers.
The school was very enthusiastic about the possibility to have access to a computer system. They made all the necessary preparations and paid for it themselves. For example: there is a separated computer room which can be safely locked.
The school was connected to a (not always good working) grid. So a solarsystem solved that problem.
Also convenient is that Kilwa Masoko can be reached by a paved road (there is only 70 km of “rough road”) and Dar es Salaam, Moshi and Arusha are only a two days drive away.
In Tanzanian terms that means: nearby in time and distance.
The 20 computers with 5 internet access were placed in March 2009.

In March 2009, 20 computers incl. 5 internet access, printer and solar equipment were installed.
In 2010 technical use of the computerfacilities has been upgraded by introducing new rules for use of the computerlab, like: proper use of the inverter, switching off all devices from power when not in use.
The Tanzanian Board and Ukengee coordinator Christopher Nyunza made proper arrangements for all classes to make equal use of the computerlab..

The first pc's with internetconnection in Kilwa Masoko

Mandawa is situated 95km (60 miles) southwest of Kilwa Masoko.
Mandawa also is accessible by a paved road, but furthermore the facilities are rather primitive. During the rainperiod it's not easy to reach.
The village has a few thousand inhabitants. There are a number of similar villages nearby.
In this region the rather new secondary school is located with 325 students attending within an area of 15 square kilometres.
The Mandawa school has approximately 60% Christians and 40% Muslim-students.
The circumstances in Mandawa to accomplish computer-education and internet were far more difficult than the circumstances in the other schools.
The Inveneo-equipment is dust-, heat- and moist-resistant. Energy is provided by a solarsystem. At this moment internet-connections have to be provided trough phonelines against market related tariffs.
The key targets of our foundation in this project is the providing of energy and stimulation of cultural acceptance amongst students, teachers and management.
We installed 12 computers, of which 3 have internet access, a laserprinter and a complete solar system. The installation was completed in July 2009.

New schoolclass  Mandawa  Opening classes Mandawa   Celebrating opening Mandawa
First Ukengee had to build a special computerlab, which was ready in August 2008. That was partytime for the students too.

The installation looks and works very good. The computerlab is clean and well organised. The headmaster as well as the teaching staff are very enthousiastic.
The re-allocation of (computer) teachers is also a problem at Mandawa. The most promising and young teachers have been transferred to locations far from the Lindi District.
We immediately have discussed this problem with the educational authorities. New regulations will be made and agreements will be signed with schools and teachers of the concerning schools. They commit themselves to staying at least three years at the schools in exchange for using the Ukengee equipment and receiving additional training.
Technical use of computerfacilities can also be improved by introducing rules for better use of the facilities.
Especially the efficiënt  use of the solar system can result in better performance of the computerlab.
As there is no grid whatsoever it is very tempting to use the solar system for other purposes like: other pc’s, charging of equipment of mobile phones and lighting during the night.
As this is reducing the efficient use of the solar system  the Board has taken measures to reduce this improper use.

The Lindi Secondary School in the capital of the Lindi Region was the third project. There are 800 students at this school. The school has a regional function. It is one of the oldest Secondary schools of the country, founded at the beginning of the former century by the Germans. It is one of the 12 best schools in the country and a special one, because this is one of the few schools which have an additional fifth and sixth grade. Promising students from all over the country come to this school for further education, which prepares them for a scientific career. These students stay in Lindi for the whole year in special dormitories. This school too lacks computer equipment and labs. The teachers have computer skills and knowledge and there is even an IT specialist present. There are connections with 4 other schools in the surrounding areas who could benefit from a computerlab as well as a medical education clinic.
The computerlab has 18 pc's including 4 internetconnections.

Omary Salum of Mpunyule is a farmer and he has not attended to school but he is interested with the course. He is telling the Ambassador of Ukengee  on how  he will benefit after completing his course


The fourth project is in Ilulu (35 km north of Kilwa), where a girls school (the only one in this region) with dormitory started in 2006. At that time the school lacked almost everything. No canteen, tables, chairs, beds, schoolbooks, etc. Installation of computers meaned a giant step forward for better education. Ukengee realized this project in 2011. This type of school is very important for emancipation of women.


With the generous ASML-donation Ukengee started a fifth computerlab in Mahiwa in the Lindi-district.
ASML Foundation especially targets educational projects, in which selfdevelopment, employment and emancipation are main goals, which perfectly matches Ukengee’s purpose and objectives. Ukengee agreed to finish this project by the end of 2011.
Mahiwa Secondary School is located 3 km of the paved road, which is appr. 1 hour drive from the town Lindi.
It started in 1965 as an Agricultural College. From 1995 on it started as a Secondary School and received A-status (classes 5 and 6) in 2005. Usually students are visiting the schools only during daytime, but because most of them come from all over the Lindi-district they stay in a hostel. There is a total of 1080 students.
There are students with O-level (classes 1 to 4) and with A-level (classes 5 and 6). A-level students who also stay in the hostel, because they come from all over the country.
Distinguishing feature about this school is that they allow girls to enter A-level: most schools only accept boys for A-level.
The computerlab was opened officially in February 2012.
The Ukengee Foundation is thankful for the generous support provided by ASML Foundation and excited to be continuing its work of providing students, especially girls, in the Lindi-district with better educational facilities.

Besides the ten projects
there are a lot more schools in this area waiting for the possibility to use computers and to have contact with the rest of world via internet.

The education system in Tanzania appears good in writing. Education is obligatory, but despite this the number of children who are able to attend school is very limited. More than 50% of the children, living in the rural areas attend primary school and no more than 10% are attending secondary school. In primary schools 15% of the teaching jobs are not fulfilled.
In the rural areas the distance between school and living areas are enormous. In Tanzania only the bigger cities are disclosed by paved roads. In the Lindi-district there is only one paved road along the coast between Dar es Salaam and Mtware, in the south of Tanzania. Little villages in this area are only connected by unpaved roads and during the raining season they are not accessible due to heavy rains.
Children barely have time to attend school, because they are busy fetching water, keeping goats and attending other domestic duties. A lot of families in these areas are unable to pay fees for secundary school.
Children attend primary school at the age of 6/7 and when they pass, they are automatically admitted to secondary school. Officially every secondary school receives 20.000 Tanzanian Shilling (€ 12.-) from the Government per pupil per year.
In real life this amount is not more than 12.000 – 15.000 Tanz. Shilling (€ 7,20 – € 9). Each teacher earns between 150.000 – 600.000 Tanz. Shilling (€ 90 - € 360) a month. There is a lack of teachers of 40%.
These figures represent an average of the educational situation in the whole of Tanzania. The situation in Lindi is, due to its isolated position and bad access, even more complicated.
The students, who complete secondary school, are mostly from middleclass families and therefor by definition the future of social and economic progress. That is the reason why we especially chose this area for our activities.
These projects vary in complexity. That is why the different elements (concept, technical support, energy-supply, stable hardware) can be evaluated individually as such and as a whole.