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awarenet is an eLearning platform and social media tool that offers our learners a personal networking space, tools for blogging, online discussions and project work in wiki style incl. multi media. They learn how to present themselves online, how to connect and communicate responsibly in a secure and safe space. Groups meet on a weekly basis and work on various projects about culture, health, music, science, history and social services, whereby online and offline work is combined. Projects lead to major local activities and events such as public concerts, sport days, newspaper articles and social engagements. We further offer to install awarenet servers in existing computer labs and give combined introductory workshops for teachers, in which we train general IT skills and showcase how to integrate awarenet into the curriculum or co-curriculars. The platform is developed in such a way that remote schools without or interrupted Internet access can use it as well as it also functions when offline. The awarenet software is free open-source. The awarenet programme offers many opportunities to learners and teachers as well as partnering NGOs in the educational sector.
The awarenet Open Lab
The awarenet Open Lab is a project that was established in May of 2017 in cooperation with Rod Amner, a VSA board member and Rhodes lecturer. The goal of the Open Lab is to give free Internet access to the members of the Joza community and educate them in ICT through the method of "learning by doing". The project has so far been very sucessful, as there are more than 450 members registered with us. In addition to just giving access to the Internet for free, we also offer specific courses, focused on computer education. So far we had a course involving Blockly, a variant of the scratch computer language, and a video editing course which has the goal of producing a short movie in which the participants appear as actors and cut the movie themselves in the end. We hope that we can continue the project for a long time, however it is dependent on donations. If you want to support the Open Lab feel free to donate items or visit our betterplace.org site to support us financially.
The awarenet Teachers course
The awarenet Teachers course is another project that we have been working on. As part of the course, teachers from local primary and high schools are being educated about how they can use ICT to enrich their lessons. This means that we show them how to do reliable research on the Internet, how to design presentations which can be used in addition to writing content on blackboards and how to use email. The aim of the awarenet Teachers course is to improve the quality of the education which the learners receive through helping the teachers to adapt their lessons to the present.
Coordination and Training
Training & Public Relations
Max Leon Resch
Training & System Administration
Dr Sarah Hanton
DR ANNA WERTLEN
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awarenet is a member of the South African German Network (Sage Net) and therefore took part in the network’s annual conference in Cape Town in October. The aim of Sage Net is to increase cooperation and understanding between South Africa and Germany – not the least by participating in the weltwaerts volunteer program where young[…]
Today is #GivingTuesday a movement to create an international day of giving as a counterpoint to the commercial days of BlackFriday and CyberMonday. It introduces the Christmas season with the thought of giving something to the less fortunate among us. Join the spirit of giving by helping us build educational opportunities for youth in an[…]
awarenet was one of the participants at the Social Accountability Knowledge Distribution Event held in Noluthando Hall in Joza township. The event was aimed at giving the local community information about both governmental and non-governmental services offered in the local community. It also strived to conscientise community members about the available channels to use when[…]
The VSA decided that it was time to give true ownership of the VSA Trust to the people working on site in the Joza community. Since Anna and Ron Wertlen moved to Berlin a few years ago, new staff was found and the awarenet program has undergone quite a few changes over the years following[…]
Rhodes University awarded awarenet for their work with university student volunteers on the 10th of October. The Community Engagement programme of Rhodes University has expanded considerably in later years and 400 students now participate in the student volunteer programme. At least once a week these students take part in activities conducted by local non-profit organisations[…]
Two weeks ago, we had the nice guys from the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, based in Trentino, Italy, teach our learners programming, using Blockly games.
vlog: A video log . A journalistic video documentation on the web of a person’s life, thoughts, opinions, and interests. A few weeks ago I decided to start a YouTube channel, edit some videos and publish them. Since a few years I really enjoy taking little video clips and putting them together as short[…]
“The future of the world is in my classroom today” (Van W. Fitzwater). This quote is all about teaching the youth, but what about teaching the adults who are mostly in charge of the youth? Well that is why we created the awarenet teachers’ course with a group of teachers from nearby schools Nombulelo Senior[…]
When we inaugurated the awarenet Open Lab in May we thought it would be popular but we did not dream about it having more than 400 members just three months ahead! The concept of the awarenet Open Lab is that all community members in the township of Joza can use the computers at the[…]
Last weekend Max and Xenia (the new volunteers from Germany) arrived in Grahamstown. Since then we have been busy showing them everything they need to know or might want to know. All that time I was trying to recall how I felt seeing all those things for the first time. It feels so distant already,[…]