Talking Technology to Power

How can youth influence the state in providing more access to technology in a local South African community? By “talking technology” to those in power through a new project organised by Awarenet where youth from Makhanda seeks to put the spotlight on the lack of access to information technology in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Local youth Read more about Talking Technology to Power[…]

Awarenet course in robotics and coding for kids!

On the 15th of October Awarenet started its first robotics and coding course! Five tutors who earlier this year went through professional training is teaching a group of grade 8 and 9 learners every Friday at the Joza Youth Hub. The learners enjoy the course very much as they the learn the ropes of coding Read more about Awarenet course in robotics and coding for kids![…]

Robotics Course in Makhanda

On the 26th and 27th of August 2021 Awarenet hosted a two days robotics course which was run by Mr Danie Heymans from the Care for Education . The purpose of this course  was to teach community members to become robotic trainers for local children. Through learning how to make a robot and control it  Read more about Robotics Course in Makhanda[…]

Awarenet Open Lab Courses

The awarenet open lab has introduced new open lab courses for the year 2021, this is to help the learners of the schools in Joza and adults that are not familiar with computers. Now they will get an opportunity to know how to use a computer as some of them have never had the privilege Read more about Awarenet Open Lab Courses[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]