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[…]

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[…]

2017! Review of an awesome year

It has been a very important year for the VSA and awarenet in which we were able to increase our community outreach and continued our good relationship with Rhodes University. Successful projects! That is the first thing that comes into my mind when I am thinking of awarenet 2017. The last year was definitely a[…]

awarenet at Public Accountability Event

awarenet was one of the participants at the Social Accountability Knowledge Distribution Event held in Noluthando Hall in Joza township. The event was aimed at giving the local community information about both governmental and non-governmental services offered in the local community. It also strived to conscientise community members about the available channels to use when[…]

The VSA AGM and Annual Report of 2017

VSA AGM 2017 – Minutes 24.07.17 18 pm Martin-Luther-Str. 78, 10825 Berlin, Germany 6 Durban Street, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa Welcome and excused Delayed start at 18:38 pm due to technical problems. Present: Anna Wertlen Ronald Wertlen Kjetil Torp Chiara Brendel Lukas Hüneke Sarah Hanton Excused: Christoph Flügge Judith Flügge Treasurer’s report     Annual[…]

awarenet lecture for teachers at Rhodes University

On the 10th of July, Kjetil from the VSA team held a lecture and practical session for students who participate in the part-time Bachelor of Education in Information and Communication Technology programme at Rhodes University. These students are full-time teachers who a few intensive weeks of the year are trained by Rhodes University’s Professional Development[…]

Giving space for creativity: awarenet and the fingo festival

  „Business beyond festival“ – was the topic of the discussion the staff of the Village Scribe Association was invited to. As part of the Fingo festival which is annually held during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown the event is meant to be a platform to discuss ideas and strategies to make the Fingo[…]

Rotary Grahamstown presentation

I presented the awarenet program to the local Grahamstown chapter of Rotary International on the 8th of June. awarenet activities have previously been funded by another Rotary club, namely the German Rotary Club in Pirna/Sächsische Schweiz. In the talk I focused on how ICT in general and the awarenet platform and program in particular can[…]

Rhodes University awarenet Lecture

Recently I held a lecture at the Education Department of Rhodes University about the awarenet platform and how it can make it easier for teachers to integrate ICT in a classroom setting. The audience was a mixed group of aspiring yet-to-become teachers and a more experienced lot of old-time educators. The former group belonged to[…]