awareNet at Arthur Mfebe Educational Centre, Cofimvaba

South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has brought together a number of government agencies, local groups and stakeholders for an ambitious project in Cofimvaba, near Queenstown in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Goals include improving education, creating food security and building the local economy through agriculture and related SMEs.  The project is currently based Read more about awareNet at Arthur Mfebe Educational Centre, Cofimvaba[…]

awareNet mobile server travels to 4 locations every week

Thanks to the awareNet mobile server and the free service of the VSA, four schools in Grahamstown are able to provide education in Internet usage to their learners, even though they have no or only limited access to the Internet: Khuhliso Daniels SS, Nombulelo SS, Ntaba Maria PS and Ntsika SS all have computer labs, Read more about awareNet mobile server travels to 4 locations every week[…]

VSA re-opens School Computer Labs

The VSA’s activities help learners to get back into their computer labs. Another recent example: Ntaba Maria Primary School has had a functioning computer lab for many years. Then, last year, the teachers went on strike for a long time causing many difficulties for learners and teachers to keep up with their work and duties. Read more about VSA re-opens School Computer Labs[…]

awareNet in Rural Education Pilot

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will be thinking out of the box and breaking the computer lab ICT education mould in a rural pilot. The pilot will take place at Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, South Africa. awareNet is forms an important part of the social networking technology and methodology for the project. The Read more about awareNet in Rural Education Pilot[…]

awareNet mobile lab at Grahamstown Arts Festival

This year at the Arts Festival, The VSA partners with ASSITEJ South Africa, a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. The organisation makes a significant mark on the festival, bringing 10 high quality productions, workshops and other exciting activities to the festival. With some shows already sold-out, Read more about awareNet mobile lab at Grahamstown Arts Festival[…]

Mobile awareNet At Ntsika Secondary School – How It Works

This year, the wireless link provided by the Rhodes University CoE for Ntsika Secondary’s Internet access has not been stable enough to use for awareNet classes. There has been barely enough bandwidth for the staff to do email. There are not enough resources to solve the problems with wireless link, and a fix is scheduled Read more about Mobile awareNet At Ntsika Secondary School – How It Works[…]

awareNet workshop at Zwelenqaba SSS in Nkwalini

The VSA and three of our partners, eKhaya ICT, Left2Write and ReedHouseSystems, went together to rural Nkwalini in the Eastern Cape for several reasons. One was to hold a social networking workshop using awareNet for learners, teachers and community coordinators of the Zwelenqaba SSSchool (27.-28.09.11). Richard Strickland from eKhaya ICT updated the awareNet server and Read more about awareNet workshop at Zwelenqaba SSS in Nkwalini[…]

A video about the idea and functionality of awareNet by eKhaya ICT

Ron Wertlen from eKhaya ICT has created a video about the idea and functionality of awareNet, the online social networking site for learners that was co-developed by eKhaya ICT and the VSA. You can find the video on the eKhaya ICT website and on YouTube. Please, have a look at it! We would be interested Read more about A video about the idea and functionality of awareNet by eKhaya ICT[…]

awareNet-in-a-box

It’s been an exciting few months here at eKhaya ICT as we prepare to release awareNet-in-a-box. This is a social networking product for education, the goal of which is to turn any ordinary Windows computer into a social media hub, giving schools and communities access to communication, publishing and collaboration tools similar to those so Read more about awareNet-in-a-box[…]