- By: Amava Oluntu
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/vukuzenzele
"Vukuzenzele" is a one-year project for young adults from the Cape Town region with a strong focus on community building and social justice. The aim is to use training and empowerment methods to impart important skills that enable the participants to get actively involved in their employability journey and in their own community.
Workshops for young unemployed
The participants are confronted with unemployment, drug abuse, crime and poverty on a daily basis. Often, they have no access to quality education. There is an urgent need for free or affordable access to knowledge databases, resources, support for self-directed learning, mentoring and contact with role models, networks and market places. With a focus on communication, the project aims to provide tools that will enable participants to take new paths in a strengthened and confident manner after the project is over.
From February to December 2020, the project includes workshops for 8 young adults between 19 and 29 years in the fields of project management, communication, group leadership and Participatory Video approach. In the second half of the year, the participants share their know-how in an exchange with a group from Xolobeni (Eastern Cape), which has been challenged by the mining industry and has been successfully fighting for the preservation of its homeland. All the participants will thus learn valuable perspectives, new languages and the necessity of the commitment to human rights.
Dealing with conflicts
The central element will be “Participatory Video", a solution-oriented methodology that uses video-making as a tool to identify conflicts and challenges from the daily lives of participants and whole communities and then gives space to find solutions. It is a powerful and effective way to solve problems in a participative way involving a whole community.
Amava Oluntu is guiding the participants throughout any stages of their lives.