Rhodes students fix awarenet computers!

Sudo Soc, the student computer society at Rhodes University, lent awarenet a hand in maintaining the computer labs at Joza Youth Hub. With the skilled use of an air compressor the team from Sudo Soc delicately cleaned the dusty insides of the well-used awarenet computers without damaging a single processor, hard drive nor motherboard. SudoSoc[…]

Rhodes Community Engagement Awards

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[…]

Funding for awarenet teacher’s course!

The awarenet program recently received funding from the HCI Foundation for its brand new teacher’s training course. The HCI Foundation is the corporate social investment arm of HCI, a black empowerment investment holding company where the majority shareholder is the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union. We are proud to receive a contribution from[…]

Common Ground Café Advert Production

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[…]

Our Social Engagement Project in the 4th term

In the 4th term in the South African academic year the Village Scribe Association  traditionally carries out a project that deals with South African culture and tradition, but also with engagement in the society. Lukas and me thought about some new ideas for that project and finally came up with the plan to create short[…]

Video Workshops with Upstart

During the last term we did a video documentary project with our learners. Every Group chose a topic that is relevant to them and somehow connected to the local community. We wanted them to do as much as possible by themselves, but we also wanted to produce videos that look as professional as possible. It[…]

Namkelekile!

For this year’s Mandela Day and the Trading Live Mandela Week organised by Rhodes University Community Engagement, the awarenet team offered their services for a IsiXhosa lesson. With Mcvay as a native speaker and Kjetil being fluent, we decided to take up the challenge and teach the guys from the Department of Human Kinetics and[…]

International Day of Peace: Creating a better world

This is such a blessing! Thank you so much! –Margaret Ngcangca, Founder of the “Home of Joy” orphanage, Grahamstown On Monday, September 21st, the VSA celebrated the International Day of Peace. Like every year, we wanted to do something great and positive for the local community in the Joza Township. We usually set up a Peace[…]