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How can awareNet help me teaching?

Most learners these days are attracted to modern electronic devices and communication methods such as mobile phones (MXit, etc.) or computers (facebook, etc.). Used appropriately, such technologies can draw the learners' attention and motivate them to intensively work on an otherwise complicated or lengthy project. awareNet is a modern, interactive education and communication software featuring social networking and collaborative content creation, which means learners from one or several schools can work together on regular school projects and communicate nationwide and internationally. In doing so they learn how to properly use a computer and the Internet to obtain information that is often unavailable under the current circumstances. Further, the world that learners will enter after school will very likely require them to use technology-mediated social spaces for their work and lifes. It is important to encourage students to use social networking software to meet others and to organise life and work, i.e. using social networks is not only a tool, but part of their education. Additionally, they become aware of themselves and their opportunities in life by portraying their own situation for others as well as exploring other learners' presentations or reports. 


What will the learners do with awareNet?

It allows the scholars to communicate (email, comments, posts and chat) with each other in a safe environment, as well as allowing them to create profiles of themselves and portraits of their situation. Scholars can contact and cooperate with their classmates or with scholars they have never met, even internationally. Jointly, they can conceptualize and work on projects (content) online about any topic they like. awareNet includes an intelligent platform that provides semiautomatic monitoring to protect its users.


`Alive with Possibility` - a Movie-awareNet-Day on Youth Day 2011

The phrase 'Alive with Possibility' is as common these days as the phrase 'take it to the next level'. But do we really know how to interpret these? Symphonia, an Organisational Change practice has partnered with the VSA and has sent an exciting documentary called “Alive with Possibility” featuring world renowned leadership experts Ben & Roz Z... [read on >>]
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By: Thozamile Enock Ngeju, Anna Wertlen, Gcobisa Mjele, Xabiso Nkata, Sibusiso Matiwana, Vuyolwetu Molefe, Ntsaphokazi Kondile, Xolisa Kopo, Sinovuyo Falakahla, Thandokuhle Qakamfana, Bongiwe Lurwayi, Mcvay Boko and 4 others.
Started: June 10th 2011 08:30
Last Update: November 23rd 2011 07:56

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awareNet Theme Song!

  The VSA thought awareNet really needs a song. But not just any song. A song by the users for the users. A song that reflects the life and the thoughts of its users. A song that is about awareness, awareNet, about you and me and us, about our life and possibilities, about the future and the Internet, and about Peace.  We found 5 schools in Grahamstown that want to take par... [read on >>]
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By: Anna Wertlen, Gabriel Spilkin, Richard Strickland, Andile Mengu, Chumisa Makabe, Pumza Nquma, Buyiselwa Kalipa, Corinne Cooper, Lelethu Bodlani, Sivuyile Nkohla, Lunga Heleni, Zukani Budaza and 62 others.
Started: May 11th 2011 12:55
Last Update: November 7th 2016 02:34


The eLearning Africa Photo Competition 2011

Capture this! How ICTs are empowering people across Africa! The 2nd eLearning Africa Photo Competition aims to capture how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can nurture talent, skills and innovation across Africa. We invite you to send us your photos that depict outstanding achievements in Africa - empowered by ICTs, or that show innovative ways in which ICTs can fo... [read on >>]
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By: Thozamile Enock Ngeju, Anna Wertlen, Makaziwe Ziki, Philisiwe Mbongwana, Nolukhanyo Donyeli, Ron Wertlen, Lutz Scharf
Started: April 12th 2011 07:39
Last Update: November 23rd 2011 08:03


EC Schools Festival Bulletin

The 2011 Eastern Cape Schools Festival took part on 16th & 17th May in the 1820 Settlers Monument. The VSA with sponsorship from the Schools Festival office had the privilege of taking fifteen awareNet learners from Grahamstown East (Benjamin Mahlasela Secondary School, Nathaniel Nyaluza High School, Nombulelo Secondary School & Ntsika Secondary School). The learners were ask... [read on >>]
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By: Thozamile Enock Ngeju, lelethu ginise, Linda Plaatjie, Bulelwa mbekisa, Mandilakhe Adam, Nobenguni Makata, nobahle cakwe, Andile Mengu, Sanele Ntshingana, Nolukhanyo September
Started: May 20th 2011 09:10
Last Update: November 23rd 2011 07:52

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VSA`s short movie about awareNet

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By: Kubalo Mpofu, Ron Wertlen
Started: May 31st 2011 09:55
Last Update: November 7th 2016 02:41

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Nathaniel Nyaluza Public Secondary School (South Africa)
Zwelenqaba SSS (Nkwalini - South Africa)
Benjamin Mahlasela Secondary School (South Africa)
Mary Waters High School (South Africa)
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C.M Vellem Higher Primary School (South Africa)

Who is behind awareNet?

awareNet is a product developed by eKhaya ICT in cooperation with the Village Scribe Association to enhance literacy and computer literacy in South Africa and to improve information flow and awareness nationally and internationally. awareNet was presented for the first time on the 29th of January 2009 at the Zwelenqaba SSS in Nkwalini and has since then spread to several other schools in South Africa and Germany.

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For more about us and what we do, check out the Village Scribe Association website.

This is a live social network of students and teachers. If you'd like to try out the software, please do sign up at our demo/testing site ( and play around with it. We'd love to hear any feedback you may have.