New core groups at awarenet from Inkululeko!

New learners were recruited to awarenet this school term through a collaboration with Inkululeko! We now have core groups coming to our Learning Lab every afternoon of the week.  The learners all study at Ntsika high school and hail from the Inkululeko program which we now work closely with thanks to funding from the Episcopal[…]

Daksha Naran joins the awarenet team as project coordinator

Hi I’m Daksha Naran, I recently joined the awarenet team as a project coordinator. My main role is to develop an ICT skills learning and training program for school teachers. My interest in working with teachers comes via my passion in teaching natural sciences. As there are many exciting teachers support sites, creative and fun[…]

Rhodes University students share skills

Rhodes University students have been active this year sharing their skills and knowledge with awarenet learners in our brand new Learning Lab. Through its Community Engagement program Rhodes University sent us a group of students who come every week to teach our core group of grade 9 learners. This group of learners have been selected[…]

Afrofuturist Animation Workshop!

awarenet learners got a chance to learn how to make advanced computer animation during the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. The learners took part in the Afrofuturist Animation Workshop run by Alette Schoon of the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies. The excited young workshop participants all created their own moving and talking cartoon[…]

The awarenet movie making course

The awarenet movie making course “How to create a short movie from beginning to end” for young  Open Lab users was offered in cooperation with Alette Schoon, a Rhodes University Journalism lecturer. The course took place on the 5th and 6th of December 2017. The school learners taking part in the course were taught to[…]

Programming course made in Italy!

Two weeks ago, we had the nice guys from the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, based in Trentino, Italy, teach our learners programming, using Blockly games.

Our working environment – the school computer labs!

One of the ideas behind the awarenet program is to better utilize the existing computer facilities at local schools. While the lack of equipment obviously is one of the key reasons for the poorly developed IT skills amongst the youth of South Africa, the lack of specifically trained teachers seems to be even more of[…]

North South Conference 2016

This year the Village Scribe Association showcased its awarenet program at the North South Conference in Somerset West, Cape Town. The conference, which is in its fifth consecutive year of existence, is aptly named North South as its co-organizers, False Bay College in Cape Town and Haugaland High School in Norway are situated close to[…]

3 Successes, 3 Challenges, 3 Opportunities

I was recently introduced to the 3-3-3 method of reporting about our work, which convinced me, so I am going to present our current developments to you today following this idea. 3 successes Over the years, we established annual awarenet projects that follow the school terms and provide useful knowledge to the learners. They motivate[…]