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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 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 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
IT and Educational Advisor
Gerald Charles Accom
IT and Educational Advisor
Dr Sarah Hanton
DR ANNA WERTLEN
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On the 1st of February 2021, we welcomed a new grade 8 core group. These learners were in grade 7 in 2020 and we recruited them using the open lab register. We asked learners if they would be interested in getting academic support and computer skills and those who showed interest then signed up to Read more about New grade 8 core group for 2021[…]
The Annual General Meeting of the VSA took place on 20 November 2020. Both organisations, the VSA Trust in South Africa and the supporting organisation VSA e.V. in Germany, were present. We discussed the new child protection guidelines and our work during pandemic times and we reported about projects, finances and funding. Elections took place Read more about VSA Annual General Meeting in 2020[…]
A time of crisis also means a time where change seems more possible. At awarenet we have tried to use the crisis to change our programmes in a meaningful way for the youth and children attending. After a bleak lockdown of most activities in South Africa from the end of March until the end of Read more about Living with the pandemic at awarenet[…]
The awarenet Open Lab reopened on the 15th of October 2020 after having been closed since the beginning of the lockdown at the end of March 2020. All the kids in the Joza community who use our open lab for school-related work were really happy to hear the good news that the awarenet open lab Read more about Re-opening of Open Lab[…]
We started the year with 65 learners and after we reopened in June, we had around 30 learners attending sessions. Our learners struggled to adjust to the new school timetable and were also overwhelmed with the workload. We acquired tablets in efforts to help them catch up on their school work when they are at Read more about 2020 Core group finishes year[…]
As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and closure of schools, in July this year Awarenet purchased a set of tablets for its learners. The reliance on digital learning even in some of the most poorly resourced South African schools has laid bare the digital divide in South Africa, showing how difficult it is for Read more about Tablets for Awarenet learners![…]
On the 18th of August 2020 Awarenet staff delivered food parcels to its learners at their homes. The Learning Trust was responsible for the donation of the food parcels and it was then coordinated by Ms. Anneliese Maritz from the Lebone Centre. Awarenet had a total of 28 beneficiaries which included more than half of Read more about Awarenet’s Food Parcel Drive[…]
On the 1st of June awarenet reopened its computer labs to high school learners in the core group program after a two months break! This followed the South African government’s announcement of downgrading the COVID-19 lockdown. The new so-called level 3 regulations allows educational institutions to start operating as long as strict protocols for the Read more about Teaching in the time of COVID-19[…]
The awarenet open lab is an open computer lab available to everyone in the Joza and neighboring communities in Makhanda, it is mainly used by school children of the surrounding primary and secondary schools. We also have a number of adults who come to use our open lab in the morning. They mainly use it Read more about The awarenet Open Lab[…]
The following text was written in its entirety by our grade 11 learners Aqhamile Yose, Sesona Kelekete, Achuma Swaartbooi, Unathi Royi, Musa Ncwadi and Vuyolwethu Mengu. Masicule is a concert that celebrates the voices of Makhanda (Grahamstown), this programme was established in 2013 and it has been going on for 7 years. There were more Read more about awarenet at singing extravaganza – Masicule 2020[…]