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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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Awarenet adopts a river!
The Rejuvenating Rivers project is continuing in 2023 and for this year the school learners in the project has adopted a whole river! The local stream in Vukani township is victim of pollution and littering and that our learners want to do something about! On Saturday mornings they have been out helping clean the river Read more about Awarenet adopts a river![…]
Visit to Awarenet by German sister organisation!
Awarenet was visited by Dr Eva Hert, board member of its German sister organisation, who tells us the following about her visit to a variety of the Awarenet projects: In February this year my husband and I came to South Africa where we used to live some 30 years ago in Grahamstown – now Makhanda. Read more about Visit to Awarenet by German sister organisation![…]
Awarenet helps combat unemployment in Makhanda
Since July 2022 Awarenet has been part of the Social Employment Fund – a government initiative to give previously unemployed people a chance to do socially meaningful work in non profit organisations across South Africa. Awarenet’s long-time funder the Learning Trust has been instrumental in realising this opportunity as it identified Awarenet to be one Read more about Awarenet helps combat unemployment in Makhanda[…]
Olico maths training 2023
Awarenet is also in 2023 giving learners in Makhanda the opportunity to participate in the Olico mathematics program. This program was a great success in 2022 as grade 8 and 9 learners dramatically improved their mathematical skills through the Olico program’s well-proven method of combining online training with the presence of tutors who use innovative Read more about Olico maths training 2023[…]
Awarenet Robotics 2023
The Awarenet Robotics program has just kicked off for 2023 with more learners than we were training last year and more interns to help out in schools. We recruited 5 new schools for robotics training for learners at the school premises. This program is implemented in order to help learners be prepared when Robotics and Read more about Awarenet Robotics 2023[…]
Annual General Meeting 2022
The Village Scribe Association Trust in South Africa which runs the Awarenet program held its annual general meeting together with its German sister organisation Village Scribe Association e.V on the 2nd of December 2022. During the annual general meeting the team at the Village Scribe Association Trust presented its annual report. The report revealed that Read more about Annual General Meeting 2022[…]
Rejuvenating Makhanda Rivers!
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![…]
Talking Technology to Power
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[…]
National Arts Festival 2022
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[…]
Autumn Excursion to Hobbiton-on-Hogsback
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[…]