awarenet Learners at the National Arts Festival

Our Grade 10 learners got the chance to visit some of the performances at the National Arts Festival 2019 in Makhanda. The festival displayed a big variety of performances. In our weekly sessions we constantly practice writing English texts. The festival gave us the possibility of writing reviews of the performances we could see at[…]

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[…]

With awarenet at the Science Fest

On the 9th of March the awarenet core group made an excursion to the Scifest – the annual Festival taking place in Makhanda/Grahamstown which showcases science, technology and innovation. This article is put together by videos and text created by the learners of the grade 10 core group themselves. Even though the weather was kind[…]

A Trip to the Masicule concert

awarenet works with a core group of grade 10 Learners. They come together twice a week to get support in ICT for educational purposes. In February we made an excursion to the Masicule (Let’s sing in isiXhosa) concert, an annual event at the Settler’s Monument in Makhanda/Grahamstown. This year it featured more than 1000 voices[…]

Common Ground Café Advert Production

Back in December Chiara wrote a blog post about our Community Engagement Project, where we produced short video documentaries about topics concerning the local community. One of those videos was created in cooperation with Inkululeko, an NGO working at Ntsika Secondary School. Instead of a documentary, we quickly decided to make something closer to an[…]

Learners working on awareNet during break time

Watch this, teachers of Grahamstown! More and more learners are so eager to join awareNet sessions, which are being held by our community coordinator Terri Penney, that they agree to have that session moved to their break time. Remember, these learners are pretty normal teenagers and just like all of them everywhere in the world[…]

Teachers become awareNet Champions for Sustainability

The VSA now focusus on training teachers how to use and teach the use of awareNet to learners and how to integrate the awareNet programme into their regular teaching. Initially, we mainly trained learners, which was important to find out if awareNet is interesting for them, and if they understand the concept and design. That[…]

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,[…]

The first awareNet Youth Fun Run

The awareNet Youth Fun Run is the VSA’s second community event that will hopefully become an annual event happening in the Grahamstown township (Rhini). The VSA plans, organises and prepares events on awareNet, together with the community, to give everyone a chance to participate, discuss their ideas and be involved in the outcome. On Peace[…]

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[…]