December Holiday program

December holidays are here and we started the school-free time with an exciting program in the Joza Youth Hub. The whole week we offered fun activities. Recently we got a Wii donated. This is a game console you can connect to a TV and play fun games on. In our games competition our learners could[…]

Mcvay and his year as a volunteer in Germany

Former awarenet learner and intern Mcvay Boko just returned from an exciting year as a volunteer in Germany! It has been a long journey with awarenet for Mcvay who first joined our program as a high school learner in 2009 and through his internship from 2015-17 received the opportunity to volunteer in Germany in 2017[…]

Recognition for awarenet at Rhodes Community Engagement Awards 2018!

awarenet and partners received awards for community engagement at the 2018 Rhodes University Community Engagement Awards! Sudo Soc, the computer society at Rhodes University, were among three finalists for Rhodes Society/Sports Club of the Year for their work with installing the new awarenet Learning Lab. Richard Were received the award from Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr[…]

Rhodes University students share skills

Rhodes University students have been active this year sharing their skills and knowledge with awarenet learners in our brand new Learning Lab. Through its Community Engagement program Rhodes University sent us a group of students who come every week to teach our core group of grade 9 learners. This group of learners have been selected[…]

Opening of the awarenet Learning Lab

This Wednesday we officially opened the second awarenet computer Lab! All the people who put in effort in establishing the lab were invited to share some cake and admire the progress. This Lab will serve as a learning lab to give a core group of school learners the opportunity to follow a structured program composed[…]

Photo walk in local township

The colours of the grey streets of Joza came alive for awarenet learners and other local youth who took part in the Photo Walk organised by local newspaper Grocotts Mail. Grocott’s Photo Walk is a joint cooperation with The Stand community newspaper in Syracuse, New York where the two distant communities share photographs and stories.[…]

A trip down memory lane

One year, 12 months, 365 days sounded incredibly long but the time flew by as fast as the airplane that brought us here on the 18th of August 2017. Our year was full of adventures, with positive as well as negative experiences, and daily challenges.  Now we are sitting here and will take a short[…]

Village Scribe Association Annual General Meeting

The Village Scribe Association Trust, which runs the awarenet program, held its annual general meeting on the 21st of July in Grahamstown, South Africa. Present were trustees and management of the organisation, learners and lab supervisors participating in the awarenet program and external partners such as Sudo Soc, the student computer society at nearby Rhodes[…]

The Xhosa Chronicles

During the Grahamstown National Arts Festival which took place last week we took some of our learners out to see “The Xhosa Chronicles”, a play about Xhosa culture and what difficulties modern Xhosa people face whilst looking back at their history. Kjetil, Xenia and I were accompanied by our lab supervisors and a member of[…]