Access Music Project (AMP) is is a project of the public benefit organisation, The Artwork Collective. The programme seeks to assist learners who are musically inclined but lack the resources for private coaching. AMP provides music training for learners, in Joza location, in all instruments from grades 1 to 5. Should a student wish to continue with music after completing grade 5, they qualify to audition for a scholarship to attend tertiary institutions. The Doorways Programme, under AMP, is an initiative through which AMP engages with scholars in grades 11 and 12 and assists learners with applications for jobs and universities. The programme also arranges “shadow shifts” for scholars who wish to learn more about their prospective careers before applying. Thozamile Ngeju, the AMP programme co-ordinator says “The Doorways Programme is important because it assists learners who are lost and might not know where to go” once they’ve completed their matric.
Since its inception in 2011, the Nthuse Foundation has been helping students with disabilities and students from disadvantaged backgrounds obtain tertiary qualifications. The foundation started with 5 students and currently provides aid to 70 students in Cape Town and Gauteng. The Nthuse Foundation started working with Damelin College 6 years ago. Nosi, one of the programme’s beneficiaries, studies Marketing and sales at Damelin College is excited about the opportunity to one day work at reception. She encourages other youth to, “work hard to get opportunities at college so that they will be successful. Sharon, Marketing and Sales student at Damelin says the NthuseFoundation provides an opportunity for other learners with disabilities to learn instead of “lying in bed all day, doing nothing”. The Nthuse Foundation project aims to build a pipeline of youth with disabilities for different organisations to absorb them into different aspects of their business