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[…]

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.