During May, Vuselela Media completed a 5-day training with the “Upstart” project. Our trainer Enathi Mqokeli and the group of grade 9 and grade 10 learners from schools in the Joza Township and surrounding areas of Grahamstown produced two videos.

Upstart, based in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, is youth development and empowerment project. It provides opportunities for high school learners with limited access to resources to participate in a variety of programmes and activities. Using various forms of media, Upstart fosters inter-school activities as a way of breaking down racial, cultural and language barriers, and developing leadership skills amongst young people.

Grahamstown Upstart and Vuselela Media training

Vuselela Media's Enathi Mqokeli and The Grahmastown Upstart participants.

Vuselela trainer, and ex-Rhodes student, Enathi Mqokeli said that the Upstart participants were “Very inspirational” and that of the Upstart programme, “We have a young generation of budding filmmakers who will make a difference in their community and South Africa as a whole”

For anyone not familiar with the work we do at Vuselela, here are two exceptional videos from young people, about young people and some of the confronting issues they face.

Living with Disability

Young people making money

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