Fifty young boys enjoyed a real-world work experience at all four offices of BDO South Africa on Thursday, 30 March as part of the annual Tracker’s Tomorrow’s Man Programme.
This is the second year in a row that BDO has been involved in this inspiring initiative to help mould young boys into responsible young adults, with brighter futures.
“We selected 25 boys via our ‘Adopt-a-school programme’ and the remaining 25 boys were nominated by our staff across each region,” says Bonita de Wet, Head of Transformation at BDO SA and Joint Managing Partner of the BDO Pretoria office. “We asked all of our 800 staff to each put forward one grade 10 - 12 boy learner to take part. This gave us the opportunity to uplift 25 young boys from disadvantaged schools, who are aspiring future leaders.”
“The adopted schools in mention, included, Temple Valley Secondary School in Verulam (which is adopted by our Durban office), Realogile Secondary School (which is adopted by our Johannesburg office) and FH Odendaal Secondary School (which is adopted by our Pretoria office),” de Wet says.
After being welcomed to the offices by the Managing Partner of each office, the boys received their packs for the day and were taken off into the various departments within the organisation (auditing, accounting, advisory, shared services and tax departments), to experience first-hand the inner workings of the professional service firm. They were assigned people of various levels in a department to sit with to gain insight of different roles within a department in order to understand a working and career cycle within the department, followed by a feedback session and certificate of participation, ceremony.
Derived from a need and realisation that boy-children in South Africa are calling out for attention, help, recognition and acknowledgement – Trackers Tomorrow’s Man Programme was born. Young boys in South Affrica are grappling with the challenges of life and the suppression they sometimes experience as girls are often glamourised and more focus is often placed on girl children.
The future of any society depends on the positive molding of the youth. The youth are undoubtedly the custodians of the future of our country and it is up to everyone to create an enabling environment in which young people can realise their potential, learn to contribute to a caring society and realise the importance of their contribution to the development of South Africa.
“The ethos of the programme really resonates with us at BDO because education and the youth are close to our hearts,” says de Wet. “We want to remind these young boys that the world is their oyster and that they can aspire to be more than society makes them feel they are. They are our future, and we hope we can do what we can through initiatives such as this, as well as our adopt-a-school programme, to contribute to the development of South Africa.”