Two Grade 9 learners from George and Oval North High Schools respectively were named winners of the Youth in IT competition ran by the Cape IT Initiative (CITI).
Sarah Lee van Niekerk of George High School and Michael Tshaka of Oval North High School in Mitchell's Plain were named overall winners in the of the competition after having answered all the questions in an entry form correctly.
The Cape IT Initiative (CITI), together with the Western Cape Education Department and the Khanya Project, ran the Youth in IT campaign with the aim of encouraging students to consider a career in IT.
The initiative was well received, with hundreds of learners from different high schools across the Western Cape as well as the Overberg entering the competition.
Thandeka Tyatyantsi, CITI project manager, says: "This initiative has been overwhelming as we had over 700 student entries from 30 participating schools in the Western Cape as well as the Overberg. The learners showed their enthusiasm about ICT and more particularly how they think it could improve their day-to-day lives."
Apart from a boy and a girl winner, CITI also named Mondale High School as the winning school for having submitted the most number of entries. Mondale High School will receive one year of Internet connectivity.
Further, Mlungiseleli Magodla of Chris Hani won a Microsoft course from Kim Palmer of On The Ball Computer Training Centre. He will undergo an aptitude test to determine his computer literacy levels and will be a given course according to his competency in Microsoft.
"The possibilities of creating a nation with a wealth of skilled IT workers should be a primary focus, as South Africa needs to close the gap between the information-rich and the information-poor," says Tyatyantsi.
"With the local ICT sector battling with skills shortages, CITI has been at the forefront of changing local youth's perception of science and math and encouraging them to take up the subjects at school level."
The Youth in IT initiative was sponsored by Cornastone Consulting, Khanya Project, Western Cape Education Department, Good Hope FM, UniNet, SITA and Apple IMC.