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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 & System Administration
Training & System Administration
Training & Community outreach
Dr Sarah Hanton
Gerald Charles Accom
IT and Educational Advisor
DR ANNA WERTLEN
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awarenet and partners received awards for community engagement at the 2018 Rhodes University Community Engagement Awards! Sudo Soc, the computer society at Rhodes University, were among three finalists for Rhodes Society/Sports Club of the Year for their work with installing the new awarenet Learning Lab. Richard Were received the award from Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr[…]
Last Thursday the awarenet team took part in a great workshop organised by our funder the HCI Foundation on how non profit organisations can collaborate to achieve sustainable social change. Lab supervisor Thanduxolo Royi and project coordinator Kjetil Torp joined a multitude of representatives from other non profit organisations from all parts of the Eastern[…]
During the October holiday we did a photography workshop with awarenet learners. We tried to make the kids gain new perspectives on how to make photography. The kids ended up having a lot of fun during the “photo shoot”. Here is a little collage of a few pictures which were shot by the children. We[…]
The awarenet team were busy doing fun things in and around the computer lab at the Joza Youth Hub this October school holiday! School holidays mean a lot of free time. Instead of laying in bed all day kids from our local area were invited to join our media workshops in the Joza Youth Hub.[…]
Rhodes University students have been active this year sharing their skills and knowledge with awarenet learners in our brand new Learning Lab. Through its Community Engagement program Rhodes University sent us a group of students who come every week to teach our core group of grade 9 learners. This group of learners have been selected[…]
This Wednesday we officially opened the second awarenet computer Lab! All the people who put in effort in establishing the lab were invited to share some cake and admire the progress. This Lab will serve as a learning lab to give a core group of school learners the opportunity to follow a structured program composed[…]
The colours of the grey streets of Joza came alive for awarenet learners and other local youth who took part in the Photo Walk organised by local newspaper Grocotts Mail. Grocott’s Photo Walk is a joint cooperation with The Stand community newspaper in Syracuse, New York where the two distant communities share photographs and stories.[…]
One year, 12 months, 365 days sounded incredibly long but the time flew by as fast as the airplane that brought us here on the 18th of August 2017. Our year was full of adventures, with positive as well as negative experiences, and daily challenges. Now we are sitting here and will take a short[…]
The Village Scribe Association Trust, which runs the awarenet program, held its annual general meeting on the 21st of July in Grahamstown, South Africa. Present were trustees and management of the organisation, learners and lab supervisors participating in the awarenet program and external partners such as Sudo Soc, the student computer society at nearby Rhodes[…]
awarenet is now connected to the PayPal financial service. This means that you are now able to donate money easy, fast and more convenient than using other methods. You can just browse through our website and open the page “Donate Online”, there you will find a little Donate button. If you click on it you[…]