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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.
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Dr Sarah Hanton
DR ANNA WERTLEN
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Learners from Awarenet and Inkululeko are helping rejuvenating Makhanda’s much-neglected streams and rivers! Through a project sponsored by the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church in the United States the project aims to make a group of high school learners into environmental change makers in their local communities. Working closely with local river organisation Read more about Rejuvenating Makhanda Rivers![…]
How can youth influence the state in providing more access to technology in a local South African community? By “talking technology” to those in power through a new project organised by Awarenet where youth from Makhanda seeks to put the spotlight on the lack of access to information technology in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Local youth Read more about Talking Technology to Power[…]
Theater, music, comedy … the variety of performing arts during the National Arts Festival was huge, and Awarenet used the opportunity to invite learners to shows in these very different genres. It is not only Makhanda’s most characteristic annual event, but even said to be the biggest arts festival of the whole continent. However, as Read more about National Arts Festival 2022[…]
Last week, Awarenet invited 15 of its learners to Hobbiton-on-Hogsback, an outdoor education center situated in the Amathole mountains 1,180 meters above sea level. The weekend was a welcome time away from long and exhausting days in preparation of the matric exams for the learners, providing beautiful views as well as physical exercise and education Read more about Autumn Excursion to Hobbiton-on-Hogsback[…]
On the 14th of March 2022, Awarenet started a new Green Business Skills Course in collaboration with Inkululeko. The course is funded by the United States Consulate General in Cape Town and therefore also aims to strengthen links between South Africa and the United States. The main focus of the course is on entrepreneurship and Read more about Exciting new course for our learners![…]
Awarenet is proud of its class of 2021 who received a 100% matric pass rate! Out of these successful grade 12 learners 75% achieved a so-called bachelor’s pass which allows them to study at a South African university. This contrasts with the total results in our province of the Eastern Cape which had a matric Read more about 100% pass rate for Awarenet matriculants![…]
Expectations were high when the curtains opened and the voices of Makhanda’s choirs started to fill the air at this year’s Masicule event. Awarenet made sure not to miss out on this great demonstration of local talent and took 25 of our learners to the monument to enjoy the show. The learners were very excited Read more about Awarenet at Masicule[…]
The Maths programme that Awarenet and Inkululeko are collaborating on has officially started and it has seen a very positive response from learners, teachers as well as parents. The programme started on the first of week of February and is being implemented at three different venues on a daily basis. We are using our computer Read more about Maths programme underway![…]
Awarenet learners celebrated the opening of our video installation, connecting Awarenet in Makhanda to ITC High School in Syracuse, in US over more than 13.000 km. The excitement and joy to connect to another continent via the portal gave a great kickoff for the global learning project. The technical transmission is based on Zoom, Read more about Grand Opening of Video Portal to Syracuse[…]
The Annual General Meeting of the VSA took place online on the 17th of December 2021. Both organisations, the VSA Trust in South Africa and the supporting organisation VSA e.V. in Germany, were present. The management of the VSA Trust reported about the various projects the organisation has carried out the last year in Makhanda, Read more about VSA Annual General Meeting in 2021[…]