Decision makers from SA’s top brands pledged their commitment to ‘Men in the Making Day’ and invited grade 10-12 boy learners into their workplace for motivational talks, career guidance, team building and job shadowing, in a drive to provide much-needed mentorship and inspiration.
The project reached over 1000 students this morning. Now in its sixth year, Men in the Making Day has proven itself as a sustainable and highly supported initiative, with more than 6000 young boy learners who have passed through the programme. Most importantly, this year has seen the first round of graduates emerging from university. Leeto Thabana from Magaliesburg State School had joined the programme at its inception as a grade 10 learner- when Tracker first launched the initiative in 2009 after
gaining support and endorsement from the Department of Basic Education- and have now graduated from the University of Johannesburg in B.Com Accounting.
Thabana plans to remain a success story for other boys, “My short term goal is that this year I am doing my BCTA, a bridging certificate in the theory of accounting, hoping to get into CTA next year to qualify as a CA. I want to do a graduate programme at Deloitte or KPMG, after I graduate my Honours next year”.
Dr. Shermain Mannah, the director of Social Cohesion and Equity in Education explains: “This is a very significant programme for us. The Minister of Basic Education has been very clear in the past six years that men and boys are an extremely important stream for us to focus on. Yes, girls are still at risk, but we also need to address some of the significant challenges that face young men”.
“Our boys have been dropping out and there is a significant challenge around the retention of young men from Grade 9. It is a programme like this that ensures that ‘school survival’ of young boys is promoted so they can become successes in their own lives.”