2018 awarenet highlights

Check out some of the highlights of the awarenet year 2018! In February we reached our 500th member of the Open Lab and our teacher’s course was SETA accredited: 500th member of awarenet Open Lab! awarenet Teacher’s course accredited! In April we taught teachers doing a postgraduate degree at Rhodes University the use of Power[…]

10th Anniversary of the VSA

On December 3 in 2008, the Village Scribe Association vzw. was first founded in Belgium by Anna and Ron Wertlen along with Amanda McPhail, Jan Baekelandt, Christoph Flügge, Antonio Gulli and Robert Tolksdorf with the following intention: To envisage, conceive of, use, and support modern, innovative information and communication technologies to help people in the[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Radio interview with awarenet

Earlier this year I was interviewed by Sivuyile Ndawuni from partner organisation Upstart! about how awarenet tries to help improve access to ICT resources in the municipality of Makana where Grahamstown is located. Upstart is an organisation which gives underprivileged youth in Grahamstown high schools the chance to create journalistic products on print, radio and[…]

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. Sudo[…]

Open Lab expansion!

The awarenet Open Lab will expand after receiving funding for that purpose from the Learning Trust. The success of the Open Lab in attracting local school learners and other community members made it imperative to establish another computer lab. Every afternoon, particularly just after school hours, we experience long lines of awarenet Open Lab members[…]

2017! Review of an awesome year

It has been a very important year for the VSA and awarenet in which we were able to increase our community outreach and continued our good relationship with Rhodes University. Successful projects! That is the first thing that comes into my mind when I am thinking of awarenet 2017. The last year was definitely a[…]

Joza goes Hollywood

A few weeks ago we reported about our movie making course. Within this blogpost we want to show you the final version of the short movie. We are incredibly proud of our learners and what they have accomplished. They shot the film with their mobile phones and edited it themselves with the program “Kdenlive”. Hoping[…]