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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
Training & System Administration
Training & public relations
I LOVE AWARENET
Back in December Chiara wrote a blog post about our Community Engagement Project, where we produced short video documentaries about topics concerning the local community. One of those videos was created in cooperation with Inkululeko, an NGO working at Ntsika Secondary School. Instead of a documentary, we quickly decided to make something closer to an[…]
On the first of April, we invited the community to spend the morning at the Joza Youth Hub to get an impression of the work of the various different organizations. Every partner prepared an activity showcasing what the organization is offering to the youth. Thanks to donations from local businesses and the Communicative Ecology project[…]
The first term is already over. It was a busy time and because we had a few beginner groups, it was also challenging. Some children didn’t even know how to move their mouse, so we stuck to teaching the basics. A lot of things changed during this term, most of them for the better. In[…]
During late March, Chiara and I had to leave Kjetil alone at the office to spend a week at the Wortelgat Outreach Trust camp site and conference center close to Hermanus in the Western Cape. There we attended the midterm seminar of our sending organization. While the timing was not very good for us we[…]
The Puku Story Festival is a festival that is annually held in Grahamstown at settlers monument but this year it was held in the literature museum in Durban street. It took place from the 21st until 25th of february. The festival is basically about enriching our culture through reading and listening to stories and poetry.[…]
Goood means that you can now cancel your contract with your current cellphone service provider and change to goood, a new service provider that offers affordable service and wants to change the world by supporting non-profit organisations that are engaged in social impact projects like us, the VSA. If only 1% of the Germans would[…]
We invite everybody of all ages to the 2nd Joza Youth Hub Open Day!! On the 1st of April we are going to have an Open Day at the Joza Youth Hub. Following last years success we want to spread the message about the work the Joza Youth Hub is doing for the whole Grahamstown community. The[…]
Last year’s biggest awarenet event was definitely the Peace and Music Concert at the 28th of September. We created a video showing the performances of all 5 groups on stage. The background song is the winner song of Ntaba Maria Senior Primary School. It was recorded by Corinne Cooper from the Rhodes University’s Department of[…]
In February, the Village Scribe Association had to face a new and complicated challenge: the recordings of last year’s Peace Day songs. As most of the groups which participated in the September Peace and Music Project were in the last year of their school, we had to find them in their new schools. As they[…]
The Village Scribe Association was invited to talk about the awarenet programme at the University of the Third Age in Grahamstown on the 16th of February. The University of the Third Age is an international movement of mostly retired but intellectually active citizens who believe learning is a life-long process which also continues in the[…]