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[…]

Recruitment of Rhodes University Volunteers

On Saturday 22 February 2020, the Awarenet staff was invited to an Engaged Citizen Programme (ECP) training which was held at Rhodes University by their community engagement division team. This was an initiative for local NGOs (referred to as partners), to recruit students to volunteer in their respective projects/programs. Hundreds of students showed up which Read more about Recruitment of Rhodes University Volunteers[…]

New year, new core group

Kicking off 2020, we once again extended our educational program by establishing a new core group with grade 8 learners from the local high schools Mrwetyana, Nombulelo and Khutliso Daniels. Our core group program now ranges from the grades 8-11 and includes approximately 50 learners, all of whom we hope to support until their matric Read more about New year, new core group[…]

Local school goes online!

Primary school Archie Mbolekwa goes online due to intervention from awarenet! Learners and teachers can now finally access the internet in the school’s well-maintained computer lab, which consists of 16 computers.

Awarenet ends the year on a high note

Celebrating the end of the exam period and a successful year with our core groups, awarenet and our partner organisation Inkululeko decided to take a trip to the Hobbiton Outdoor Education Center in Hogsback from Friday the 22nd to Sunday the 24th of November. The Hobbiton campsite offers a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from Read more about Awarenet ends the year on a high note[…]

The Open Lab in numbers

The awarenet Open Lab sees more than 300 computer sessions over a seven days period! We recently conducted a survey of the usage of our computer lab which is open to the public from Monday to Saturday and is managed by a lab supervisor. The Open Lab concept was introduced in 2017 and is currently Read more about The Open Lab in numbers[…]

awarenet in Rhodes University Community Engagement final!

awarenet was selected as finalist at the Rhodes University 2019 Community Engagement Awards in the category “Best Community Partner of the year! Through these awards Rhodes University strives to recognise the achievements of its many community partners which host Rhodes students as volunteers throughout the year. The battle for the award among three finalists was Read more about awarenet in Rhodes University Community Engagement final![…]