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[…]

10th Anniversary of the VSA

On December 3 in 2008, the Village Scribe Association vzw. was first founded in Belgium by Anna and Ron Wertlen along with Amanda McPhail, Jan Baekelandt, Christoph Flügge, Antonio Gulli and Robert Tolksdorf with the following intention: To envisage, conceive of, use, and support modern, innovative information and communication technologies to help people in the[…]

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[…]

Village Scribe Association Annual General Meeting

The Village Scribe Association Trust, which runs the awarenet program, held its annual general meeting on the 21st of July in Grahamstown, South Africa. Present were trustees and management of the organisation, learners and lab supervisors participating in the awarenet program and external partners such as Sudo Soc, the student computer society at nearby Rhodes[…]

Radio interview with awarenet

Earlier this year I was interviewed by Sivuyile Ndawuni from partner organisation Upstart! about how awarenet tries to help improve access to ICT resources in the municipality of Makana where Grahamstown is located. Upstart is an organisation which gives underprivileged youth in Grahamstown high schools the chance to create journalistic products on print, radio and[…]

Rhodes students fix awarenet computers!

Sudo Soc, the student computer society at Rhodes University, lent awarenet a hand in maintaining the computer labs at Joza Youth Hub. With the skilled use of an air compressor the team from Sudo Soc delicately cleaned the dusty insides of the well-used awarenet computers without damaging a single processor, hard drive nor motherboard. Sudo[…]

The awarenet-Team at the AGYI conference 2018

Kjetil and Max have been attending a conference hosted by the AGYI, the “African German Youth Initiative”. Its goal is to make youth exchanges between African countries and Germany easier as well as more accessible. The AGYI is sponsored by “Engagement Global”, an agency of the German ministry for economic cooperation and development which also[…]