In 2016, a group of young Ugandans watched a news story about a school 2-hours from the city (Kampala) that had its students studying without classroom furniture. This was one of many stories of this kind covered on the local news. “2 months later, we visited 26 schools in Uganda’s central region in a single day and they all studied in these conditions” says Arnold Mugagga. “It is at this point that we decided to explore options to address the problem!” The idea for the SeatPack was born out of the desire for the schoolbag to do more, and after a 2 year period and over 7 failed attempts to prove a working mechanism, the SeatPack was finally ready for safe use in Primary Schools across the country.
Our goal is to not only change how classrooms are furnished in Africa, but to gather learning from what mobile furniture means for education in the current era.
It is from the need to solve one challenge that Zetu Africa was born. A group of dedicated young Africans that believe our social challenges require our own solutions, context developed, tested and applied. We chose to exercise the power we have to re-write the African narrative of tomorrow as private sector players.
Zetu Africa: Ours Africa. We are a young Africa rising to the challenge and creating solutions to the social challenges we face. We believe in our ability to contribute to the African story positively by taking responsibility for what is right and what is wrong with the current African story.
With decisions informed by extensive research and user collaboration, our design-oriented approach creates an array of unique solutions to a single problem and by the same process, delivers the best solution sought for by the end user.
We strive to provide the simplest solutions even for the most complex problems we set out to address. With function at the core, our dedication to develop worthwhile solutions is always guided by the ease we can bring to living in Africa.
Founder / Managing Director
Arnold’s background in Architecture and Environmental Design with previous work experience as an architect at FH Studio - Kampala, lends a user-centric approach to both the processes and culture at Zetu. His experience as a financial analyst at CLB Capital Limited adds an appreciation for structure and governance to the set-up.
We are excited to act upon the capacity we bare, to culture a more livable Africa. In so doing, we create today, what we can be proud of tomorrow.
Michael’s background in Industrial art and design contributes greatly to product development, and completes our feedback loop with user application and production oversight. As a visually oriented designer, Michael also strengthens our image on both company and campaign fronts, helping us communicate clearly yet engagingly.
If a child's learning conditions are poor, learning is not fun. Like food on a dirty plate, they'll eventually loose interest.