In2IT bolsters education, addresses gender-based violence
Together with MADA, the company has invited learners from the Boys2Men initiative to participate in a week-long programme.
The upcoming Youth Day is a stark reminder of the importance and role that young South Africans play in our economy and future. However, a great concern is the increase in university and school violence, including stabbings, assaults and sexual assaults, as well as a youth unemployment rate at 55.2%. It is clear that more action must be taken from a social and educational perspective.
Consequently, In2IT Technologies SA, a leading ICT managed service provider, in conjunction with the Moving Ahead Development Agency (MADA), has invited 90 boys from its Boys2Men career path and mentoring initiative to participate in an annual one-week programme, from 17 to 21 June 2019.
“The learners have all come from impoverished and often destitute circumstances, without any male role models to guide and support them with their education and shape them to become well-rounded individuals. With the fourth industrial revolution upon us, this programme was created to provide boys who display a predisposition for technology and engineering with new skills, carrier guidance and opportunities,” says Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In2IT Technologies SA.
The focus during this week will be on maths, science and English revision for the Grade 12s, in addition to providing courses for the Grade 11 learners on electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanics and coding. However, this initiative will kick off with a dialogue on gender-based violence, as proposed by MADA Chairman, Tshepo Mokoena, who says it’s easier to develop young boys rather than fixing broken men.
Mokoena explains: “These boys will soon become young men, and to stop them from becoming perpetrators of violence, they need to be both educated on an academic level as well as a social level. After the loss of my niece due to gender-based violence and seeing many initiatives focusing on woman, I felt it was only appropriate to address this issue at a grassroots level to stop these incidents from happening in the first place. Moreover, the recent appointment of a task team to combat gender-based violence at colleges and universities makes this dialogue even more important, as the learners will soon be heading to these very tertiary institutions.”
The Boys2Men initiative was started in 2016 and the goal behind it has now come to fruition, as 45 of these young boys, who first joined the programme when they were in Grade 9, now prepare for their final matric examinations.
“We have given these boys a taste of what the future can hold for them with different technologically driven courses. However, many of the jobs they are preparing for don’t exist yet and that is why we provided them with much needed skills for the future workplace. In addition, it is also our pleasure to award these hard-working individuals, as we will be giving away two bursaries during the Grade 12 Gala Dinner that will be held on 21 June. We are honoured to be a part of this programme and are delighted to see the progress these young boys are making,” Kumar concludes.
In2IT is a global technology services firm focused on providing IT Consultancy, Application Development and Maintenance, Technology Infrastructure Services, Programme and Project Management as well as Future Edge Services to its Clientele. The company constantly anticipates the rapidly changing technology landscape and the impact on clients.
In2IT features technology practitioners who work alongside its customers to help streamline processes, ensure optimal usage of deployed solutions and deliver a high-performance customer-centric service. The company is driven by a passion to build innovative businesses for its clients. Its experience shows that if the company serves its clients well, its own growth will follow. With more than 80 global customers, In2IT strives to be the first choice for world’s best talents. Through its internal In2IT Academy, the company is committed to continuous learning and giving its practitioners freedom to innovate.
In2IT is present across 9 cities in South Africa with more than 60% of its staff complement comprising local nationals. The company has an Africa Innovation Centre in Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa focused on Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) and Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM). In2IT is a CMMI Level 3, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 27000 and ISO 20000-1 certified company.