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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

HCI Foundation workshop

Last Thursday the awarenet team took part in a great workshop organised by our funder the HCI Foundation on how non profit organisations can collaborate to achieve sustainable social change. Lab supervisor Thanduxolo Royi and project coordinator Kjetil Torp joined a multitude of representatives from other non profit organisations from all parts of the Eastern[…]

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[…]

Bringing awarenet to the World Population Day

Every year on the 11th of July, the United Nation’s World Population Day is the day to reflect upon population issues concerning people from all over the world no matter their background.  This year’s topic was sexual reproductive rights. The programmes run by awarenet try where possible to include the subject of reproductive rights and[…]

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[…]

Afrofuturist Animation Workshop!

awarenet learners got a chance to learn how to make advanced computer animation during the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. The learners took part in the Afrofuturist Animation Workshop run by Alette Schoon of the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies. The excited young workshop participants all created their own moving and talking cartoon[…]