EDUCATION: Inspirational Project Sees SA's 'Men in the Making' Graduate
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Two young men taking part in Tracker’s Department of Basic Education-endorsed Men in the Making programme have graduated from the University of Johannesburg in B.Com Accounting. Leeto Thabana and William Sello, from Magaliesburg State School, are the programme’s first graduates and have been on the programme since its inception in 2009 while in grade 10. The pair are currently on their way to achieving their dream of becoming Chartered Accountants.
The achievement is a moving example of how this project continues to change the lives of young men, and therefore helps change the course of our country. The Tracker Men in the Making initiative has benefited 6000 boy learners to date, with the support of the Department of Basic Education - directly in line with their Boy Education Movement (BEM) School Programme.
Dr. Shermain Mannah, The Director of Social Cohesion and Equity in Education, announced, “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 programmes like this that ensures that 'school survival' of young boys is promoted so they can become successes in their own lives.”
Leeto 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.\"
Moving documentaries were shown at a recent Men in the Making event of high school learners who had taken part in the programme, as well as updates on the ongoing success of graduates from previous years. Men in the Making graduates recounted how their experience had literally transformed their lives - some as orphans, others from disadvantaged positions.
One of these is Panyo Lesedi who is born and bred in Johannesburg. “My experience with the Men in the Making Campaign started in 2012. We got into it because we were looking for a day off school but it turned out to be such a beautiful initiative. They have supported us through Grade 11 and 12. We went to Metro FM, where they gave us work experience and taught us to seek to become leaders and men of substance in this country, and for that I want to thank them. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be at UJ studying in my second year.”
Tracker CEO, Wayne de Nobrega speaking at this year’s Men in the Making launch added, “This initiative has grown from 35 to 140 companies and it’s phenomenal that we're having such a sustainable and material impact on individuals, showing them a different life, and one that makes a difference to South Africa.
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