Duo off to the the U.S. after impressive doccie

2011-02-28 00:00

“I’M excited and a bit nervous about flying. The thought of an aeroplane and being above the sea is something that I thought I would never experience in this lifetime.” These are the words of Mpumelelo Ndlovu, who together with classmate Nontobeko Makhaye will be heading to California in August for a week.

These 17-year-old grade 12s from Mconjwana High School and their former teacher, Hlengiwe Mfeka, won the all-expenses paid opportunity to attend the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) summit after they submitted an impressive video production about street children.

“We had many challenges when we did this project. The camera we used was of poor quality and produced bad video clips. So many people didn’t believe in us but we did it anyway,” Mpumelelo explains.

The pupils produced a three-minute documentary titled Street Children — are Children’s Rights a Reality in South Africa?

The film is about children who live on the streets in Pietermaritzburg and how the community perceives them.

“This project will really allow me to reach out and make a difference in my society and country and create a feeling of hope,” Nontobeko says.

The pupils say they want to create awareness about children’s rights through video viewings and distribution of DVDs.

Nontobeko’s mother, Thembile, said: “I’m really glad for the opportunities she’s been exposed to. She’s my hope and I want the best for her. I just pray that they’ll have a safe journey.”

Mpumelelo’s guardian, his aunt Thulisile (37), expressed her excitement as well.

“I am really out of words. The whole Mfeka family is ecstatic about my nephew’s success because he’s a hard worker,” she said.

The summit will gather over 100 pupils and teachers from 20 countries to complete a broader media project.

“I’m humbled to be part of such a project,” adds Mpumelelo. Both pupils hope to study medicine next year.


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