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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
Management & Finance
Dr Sarah Hanton
Coordination & Educational Advisor
Max Leon Resch
Training & System Administration
Training & public relations
I LOVE AWARENET
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,[…]
On the 6th of July, an excited bunch of awarenet learners trekked down the hill to see “Themba’s dream”, one of the multitude of shows Grahamstownians are treated to during the Arts’ festival. The learners in question were the winners of the awarenet Sports Day competitions in soccer and netball, so after all that running[…]
VSA AGM 2017 – Minutes 24.07.17 18 pm Martin-Luther-Str. 78, 10825 Berlin, Germany 6 Durban Street, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa Welcome and excused Delayed start at 18:38 pm due to technical problems. Present: Anna Wertlen Ronald Wertlen Kjetil Torp Chiara Brendel Lukas Hüneke Sarah Hanton Excused: Christoph Flügge Judith Flügge Treasurer’s report Annual[…]