Mark Bennett, the founder of ZAMNET, the company that first brought the Internet to Zambia has died. Mark Bennett died in hospital in Lusaka following a short illness on the morning of 10th February 2015.
The memorial service for Mr Bennett will be held this Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 10:00 hours at Trinity Church on Church road, in Lusaka.
Mark Bennett, left England in the 1980s with his young family, for a university of Zambia job to introduce computers to Zambia.
At the University of Zambia, he redeveloped all administrative systems, moved into early electronic communication in Africa, and founded ZAMNET (a campus company), one of the first ISPs on the Continent. Mr Bennett acted as MD for the first 2 years of its existence, installed campus-wide network and introduced the Internet into academic life at University of Zambia. Mr Bennett worked for 12 years at the University of Zambia.
In 2005 he set up AfriConnect Zambia, which was sold to Vodacom in 2010. After AfriConnect, Mr Bennett moved on to create iSchool and last year he moved to working full time for iSchool, which is developing eLearning for the Zambian school curriculum.
According to Mr Bennett,
iSchool is built on the belief that many of Africa’s deepest-routed problems can only be overcome through radical improvements to education. This means building a generation of thinking, problem-solving children who will be able to unlock the great potential of the Continent: who will grow economies; rethink democracy; improve health, and greatly increase the life chances of their children.
We believe that change needs to start right at the beginning of the education system – in primary schools. And it needs to happen in an African way using local languages; context and examples from the towns and villages where children actually come from. It needs to be fully immersive experiential learning that constantly asks questions and challenges the children.
You can read more about Mark Bennett’s tribute here