More cheerful news. Junior Achievement Jamaica has been quietly doing the work, getting schoolchildren ready for the world of work and entrepreneurship…
United States Embassy Partners with Junior Achievement JA on Youth Empowerment Programs
The U.S. Embassy has partnered with Junior Achievement Jamaica (JA Jamaica), to provide tablets for students in need at the primary and high school levels. This initiative, valued at J$3.7M, is tied to two flagship programs being led by JA Jamaica, namely, the JA BizTown Program for primary schools and the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) Program for high schools.
JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a simulated work experience in a model town. It allows students to understand and carry out functionalities of a bank, manage businesses, act as consumers, and practice the roles and responsibilities of being a good citizen. It helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the operations in the world of work. Similarly, the JACE program features a comprehensive hands-on approach to learning through interactive classroom activities and the actual start-up of student led entrepreneurial ventures. The program provides useful, practical entrepreneurial content that equips students to become productive members of society who can create job opportunities and compete in the global economy.
Speaking on the partnership, The U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Bobby Adelson, said, “The United States Government continues to support activities that foster prosperity and inclusive development for youth in Jamaica and throughout the region. We applaud Junior Achievement Jamaica on their continued effort to educate students on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. We look forward to successful outcomes from our partnership”.
Students who are participating in these programs and are without a proper device will be equipped with new tablets. The first distribution date is set for February 10th, and will be incorporated with Jamaica’s National Careers Week, a week of activities centred around promoting and raising awareness on careers for young people. This event is facilitated through a collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, HEART NSTA Trust and Junior Achievement Jamaica.