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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.
DR ANNA WERTLEN
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I LOVE AWARENET
The Second term of the school year started of well, we introduced the Health and Fitness project at the schools were I teach awarenet. Schools partaking in the project is C.M Vellem HPS, Good Shepard PS, Ntaba Maria PS, Khulitso Daniel SS. In this project we teach the learners about Healthy eating habits the[…]
During a few days in mid-April, under the auspices of a benign Highveld sun, a mishmash of dedicated and articulated voices could be heard penetrating the crisp air of the Johannesburg suburb of Benoni. Though the words escaping the dark and windowless vaults of the conference centre were unmistakably of English origin, the accents betrayed[…]
I have been on my annual trip to Grahamstown to see how things are going on site. It was fantastic to be back and meet my vibrant and motivated team. A lot of new ideas were discussed and I was very impressed at how organised and confident everyone was. I can safely state that the[…]
Last term, it was all about cultural differences and similarities between Germany and South Africa. This also included lots of good food and indulging in each other’s national dishes. To get rid of the extra kilos we have gained, we are now starting a Health and Fitness project for the 2nd term. We will learn[…]
Another exciting cooperation with University students has come to an end. This time, the VSA was approached by Prof Schoop of the Technical University in Dresden. His Faculty of Business and Economics offered to engage the students in a project that would help teachers and trainers in South Africa to enhance eLearning in classrooms. The[…]
In the first term of school we decided to do a project called “The cultural Differences between South Africa and Germany”. Schools involved in this project were C.M Vellem HP, Good Shepard PS, Khulitso Daniel SS and Ntaba Maria PS. During the time we worked on this project, blogs were written about favourite traditional South[…]
This term, it was all about cultural differences and similarities between Germany and South Africa. We learned about German and South African cuisine, languages and popular sports. We wrote blog posts, answered forum questions and uploaded many different pictures on awarenet. For the last sessions, volunteer Larissa planned something special for her students to say thank you for[…]
Two German weltwärts volunteers join the VSA team every year for a whole year to work with us in the awarenet programme. The selection process is complex and the volunteers are selected very carefully. Our partner organisation SAGE Net. is responsible for the process, but the VSA is always involved. We are especially proud to[…]
Last year in December, one of our two German volunteers, Kim Niemann, decided to leave the VSA to continue his voluntary service at Cape Mental Health in Cape Town. Read more about his reasons to leave Grahamstown here on our blog. Even though we are one person short now, we will still be able to[…]
Hi, I’m Kjetil, the newest member of staff at the Village Scribe Association. Originally from Norway, I have spent the last decade mostly in South Africa, most recently teaching in some of the most remote but also most beautiful parts of the country on the Wild Coast in the former Transkei. Having seen at close[…]