VSA Annual General Meeting in 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the VSA took place on 20 November 2020. Both organisations, the VSA Trust in South Africa and the supporting organisation VSA e.V. in Germany, were present. We discussed the new child protection guidelines and our work during pandemic times and we reported about projects, finances and funding. Elections took place Read more about VSA Annual General Meeting in 2020[…]

Living with the pandemic at awarenet

A time of crisis also means a time where change seems more possible. At awarenet we have tried to use the crisis to change our programmes in a meaningful way for the youth and children attending. After a bleak lockdown of most activities in South Africa from the end of March until the end of Read more about Living with the pandemic at awarenet[…]

Re-opening of Open Lab

The awarenet Open Lab reopened on the 15th of October 2020 after having been closed since the beginning of the lockdown at the end of March 2020. All the kids in the Joza community who use our open lab for school-related work were really happy to hear the good news that the awarenet open lab Read more about Re-opening of Open Lab[…]

Tablets for Awarenet learners!

As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and closure of schools, in July this year Awarenet purchased a set of tablets for its learners. The reliance on digital learning even in some of the most poorly resourced South African schools has laid bare the digital divide in South Africa, showing how difficult it is for Read more about Tablets for Awarenet learners![…]

Awarenet’s Food Parcel Drive

On the 18th of August 2020 Awarenet staff delivered food parcels to its learners at their homes. The Learning Trust was responsible for the donation of the food parcels and it was then coordinated by Ms. Anneliese Maritz from the Lebone Centre. Awarenet had a total of 28 beneficiaries which included more than half of Read more about Awarenet’s Food Parcel Drive[…]

Teaching in the time of COVID-19

On the 1st of June awarenet reopened its computer labs to high school learners in the core group program after a two months break! This followed the South African government’s announcement of downgrading the COVID-19 lockdown. The new so-called level 3 regulations allows educational institutions to start operating as long as strict protocols for the Read more about Teaching in the time of COVID-19[…]

The awarenet Open Lab

The awarenet open lab is an open computer lab available to everyone in the Joza and neighboring communities in Makhanda, it is mainly used by school children of the surrounding primary and secondary schools. We also have a number of adults who come to use our open lab in the morning. They mainly use it Read more about The awarenet Open Lab[…]

awarenet at singing extravaganza – Masicule 2020

The following text was written in its entirety by our grade 11 learners Aqhamile Yose, Sesona Kelekete, Achuma Swaartbooi, Unathi Royi, Musa Ncwadi and Vuyolwethu Mengu. Masicule is a concert that celebrates the voices of Makhanda (Grahamstown), this programme was established in 2013 and it has been going on for 7 years. There were more Read more about awarenet at singing extravaganza – Masicule 2020[…]

Local teachers gather for a TeachMeet session

Awarenet, the Department of Education, as well as the Rhodes University education department have collaborated in efforts to bring ICT teacher training sessions to our local schools. The three organizations run different training programs but the aim of them collaborating is to ensure that many teachers as possible are reached, and that there isn’t any Read more about Local teachers gather for a TeachMeet session[…]