TakenoLAB is an ICT academy and a tech hub built to benefit underprivileged communities in Africa through ICT. Burundian refugee Remy Gakwaya founded it in Dzaleka Refugee Camp as a means of helping refugees and host community.

takenoLAB was founded in 2015 to take on the challenges of huge gap in ICT for both the Malawian and Refugee communities. Refugees and host community members join forces to run takenoLAB. More than 2000 people have been helped by the school to gain skills in computer programming, entrepreneurship, and finding jobs at different companies, such as MyBucks.

At TakenoLAB, technological education is combined with a leadership development, where people are trained to become better leaders for the advancement of the community. The community has also served as a focal point for bringing together people of diverse cultural backgrounds who are working toward the same improvements



To teach everyone how to code, and to provide platforms for learning, practicing, and expressing skills in constructing meaningful solutions.


To end poverty & joblessness through software development. To do this, we must utilize technology in uplifting and changing the lives of underprivileged communities, both by creating innovative solutions for community challenges and by promoting employment and poverty eradication.

Course Offered 

Digital Skills 

Digital Literacy

  • Microsoft Office 
  • Internet 
  • Online Security

Computer Programing

Web Development 

  • HTML, CSS & JavaScript 
  • PHP 
  • Database 

Primary Languages

  • Java 
  • Python 
  • C#  

Software Development

  • Android Development
  • Apple Development 
  • Cross Platform Development   

Cyber Security 

  • Online Threats 
  • OS Security  
  • Mastering Encryption 
  • Freelancing 
  • Copywriting & Transcribing 
  • Data analysis  
  • Ideation 
  • Business Management 
  • Sustainability  
Moving Forward

Where We are Going

The courses at takenoLAB are provided for free, which allows everyone from different cultural backgrounds to attend. We at takenoLAB are open to both refugees and Malawians who want to advance their knowledge of technology and business. 

The purpose of takenoLAB is to encourage youth that there is hope for their future, regardless of their lack of prior familiarity with technology. takenoLAB centers on empowering women to start their own businesses and advance their careers in technology. 

Additionally, young people who have dropped out of school as a result of different challenges in their lives and lost hope of having a significant impact on their lives and their communities are being given another chance to change their lives and the community through entrepreneurship and technology.

By changing the community's story, lives are being changed

In this context, technology can be developed from the ground up and produce great results with limited resources