There are currently four local high schools simultaneously involved in our Awarenet core group programme. These high schools include (Nombulelo, Mrwetyana, Kuthliso and Ntsika). We work in small groups of max. 14 learners to adequately respond to the learners' needs and problems during the training. A training session takes about 60 to 90 minutes depending on the current main project. We also provide food for the learners before each session starts.
Young learners all around the world embrace new technologies and they are open to new ways of learning. That is why we are currently working on connecting them to German learners in Saxony so that they can collaborate on the various projects. Our aim is to harness their enthusiasm and turn it into knowledge and cultural exchange.
The VSA also places great value on including school teachers. We encourage them to use awarenet during their school lessons. This year, our teacher training will be SETA certified and an awarenet curriculum will be co-developed with the Technical University of Dresden, funded by the Rotary Club of Pirna, Germany.
We were awarded the Judges Award of the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Awards 2012 and the VSA reached the final round of the Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards in 2012.