SchoolNet Nigeria evolved from the concept proposal for a regional SchoolNet Africa Initiative was endorsed in 1999 at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s (UN ECA) Africa Development Forum, which was attended by Africa’s Heads of States to examine how ICTs can contribute to development on the continent. It was formally established in 2001, after consultations with stakeholders in Federal Ministries of Education, Science & Technology communications and the Education Trust Fund. The consultations ended with a 3 day stakeholders meeting with over 250 education stakeholders from private and public sectors in Abuja in September 2001
SchoolNet Africa is a response to global call for an Africa-wide body, which would facilitate the development of national school networking initiatives in Africa. It is expected to help leverage resources and form a coordinated platform through which assistance and aid worldwide aimed at ICTs in education in Africa can be channeled.
Nigeria’s representatives at the Okahandja workshop, IEARN Nigeria and the Education Trust Fund (ETF), were mandated to champion the establishment of SchoolNet Nigeria for effective transformation of educational processes in Nigeria with ICTs using best practices.
SchoolNet Nigeria was however officially launched in September 2001 at a well-represented stakeholder workshop, held in Abuja, Nigeria, and funded by the Education Trust Fund. In this process, it managed to gain much needed credibility through its consultative approach, and gained political support for its establishment.