JA Worldwide and BASF announce Youth Voices for Sustainable Future, Innovation Challenge for a Just Transition

JA Worldwide and BASF announce Youth Voices for Sustainable Future, Innovation Challenge for a Just Transition

With climate change being one of the most urgent challenges facing society, BASF has launched a partnership with JA Worldwide and eight JA member nations to encourage young people to contribute to a just transition and a sustainable future. Today, young people make up over 40% of the world’s population.  With a profound shift toward a greater emphasis on building sustainability in all facets of life: the economy, the environment, and society, we are obligated to actively engage young people in this dynamic transformation. Through this collaboration, BASF joins JA in its abiding belief that youth must play a central role now as we build a just and sustainable future. 

Thanks to this new global partnership, JA Worldwide and BASF aim to raise awareness among young people about climate change-induced consequences for their communities and the need for climate adaptation and a just transition. Through their participation in Young Voices for a Sustainable Future, and thanks to the support of more than 40 BASF volunteers from around the world, 800 students from Brazil, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Uganda, and Vietnam will ideate and innovate creative solutions to ensure a more just and sustainable future for the planet.

Dr Christoph Jaekel, Vice President Corporate Sustainability of BASF said that “it is a great honour to team up with a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, to help amplify the voice and power of the youth and the role they play in sustainable development. We are convinced that by offering such opportunities to young people, we will help contribute to building better communities throughout the world”. 

Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, praised the partnership and said, “Young people want to be part of tomorrow’s solutions, especially when it comes to global challenges such as sustainability. We are delighted that BASF wants to hear their voice, involve them in finding solutions to shared issues, and give them an opportunity to contribute to sustainable development.”

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ABOUT JA WORLDWIDE

As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA Worldwide prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship. As one of the world’s largest and most impactful youth-serving NGOs, JA delivers hands-on, immersive learning in work readiness, financial health, entrepreneurship, sustainability, STEM, economics, citizenship, ethics, and more. 

Reaching more than 12 million young people each year through nearly half a million teachers and business volunteers, JA Worldwide is one of few organizations with the scale, experience, and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

The impact of JA’s learning experiences goes beyond the lives of individual students. For over 100 years, JA has operated all over the world, even in areas of political instability, violence, and war, ready to help students through the unemployment, poverty, and hopelessness that stem from such conditions. 

By helping youth develop the employment and entrepreneurial tools to find meaningful work and start sustainable companies, JA serves as a conduit for peace and prosperity. Through JA, young people are equipped with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities.

Our network of 500,000 business mentors and teachers deliver economic empowerment to youth at scale: Every year through JA, millions of young people, ages 5 to 25, are equipped with the mindset and skillset to build thriving communities.

FedEx, Citi Foundation and Others Support Youth Entrepreneurship as JA Africa Hosts 11th Company of the Year Competition

FedEx, Citi Foundation and Others Support Youth Entrepreneurship as JA Africa Hosts 11th Company of the Year Competition

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February 21, 2022, Accra – JA Africa’s Company of the Year Competition (COY) returns for the 11th edition from February 24 – 26, 2022, bringing together Africa’s most impressive high school entrepreneurs for this contest of business skills, ingenuity, and innovation. COY 2021 will be hosted virtually by JA Mauritius under the theme ‘Innovating with Grit.’ The theme is inspired by students who have demonstrated resilience and adaptability in overcoming setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that have survived the pandemic are those that were able to innovate and adapt quickly to new systems and processes that enabled them to continue serving customers despite school closures and other challenges.

 

The competition, organized annually, is the culminating event of the JA Company Program, which is a 16 week-long business training program that equips young people with entrepreneurial and employability skills needed for career success. Working in teams, the students develop their business skills by starting their own companies while in school. They design, produce, market, and sell their products and services, giving them real-world exposure to the world of business.

 

“We are grateful to our headline sponsors FedEx and Citi Foundation, who have supported this competition from inception eleven years ago,” said Simi Nwogugu, CEO of JA Africa. “Our partners from PMIEF and Tomorrow Foundation have enhanced the Company Program by infusing it with project management principles and digital skills training to better prepare our beneficiaries for the future of work.”

 

Nine teams have emerged as finalists from Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and will battle to impress JA Africa’s panel of judges comprising global business professionals to earn the coveted title of Company of the Year and the prizes that come with it. The highest among the prizes at stake will be the opportunity to represent the Africa region at the Ralph de la Vega Global Entrepreneurship Competition which will bring together COY winners from the six regions where JA Worldwide operates to compete for awards, $15,000, educational opportunities, and more.

 

For information on how to watch COY 2021 online, visit www.ja-africa.org/coy2021.

 

JA Africa:

Junior Achievement (JA) Africa equips young Africans with the employability and entrepreneurial skills and mindset they need to build thriving communities. Through the delivery of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship training and in collaboration with schools, technical/ vocational centers and other partners, JA Africa works in 13 countries reaching over 250,000 youth each year. Learn more about us at www.ja-africa.org.

FedEx Corp:

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $90 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its 600,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world responsibly and resourcefully, with a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. To learn more, please visit about.fedex.com.

 

Citi Foundation:
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant communities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach deploys the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation.

Tomorrow Foundation:

Tomorrow Foundation supports African development. They harness technology and bring the most useful techniques and technologies affordably to all Africans to improve their living standards and boost the economies of African countries.

 

Junior Achievement Uganda Announces a Partnership with Ray of Hope Medical Missions

Junior Achievement Uganda Announces a Partnership with Ray of Hope Medical Missions

Junior Achievement (JA) Uganda and Ray of Hope Medical Missions are proud to announce a strategic partnership that will result into a cutting-edge, experiential and inspirational learning opportunity for at least 100 youths in villages around the Hope Centre, in Bigando, Rakai District.

The partnership brings together both organizations whose missions are largely similar when it comes to youth development. Tailoring JA’s tested and proven practical entrepreneurship, financial literacy plus skills for employability model–The JA Company Program. JA shall involve an innovative approach that blends the acquisition of technical skills with an entrepreneurial perspective at the same time cultivating positive attitudes and other salient soft skills that will enable the youth in Rakai to learn to work and win with others in society.

JA Uganda and Ray of Hope will pilot this program in 2022 among under privileged young people in Rakai between the ages of 18-35. We shall involve an innovative approach that blends the acquisition of technical skills with an entrepreneurial perspective at the same time cultivating positive attitudes and other salient soft skills that will enable the youth learn to work and win with others in society.

This learning by doing practical methodology delivered in small groups  deep-dives them into the economic world putting them at the Centre stage of the learning process, evoking knowledge, ability to do, eagerness to act (i.e. utilizing knowledge and skill acquired) to enable them stand up and be counted plus live together in fair and economically able livelihoods.

 

The Learning Concepts will Include; Self-awareness, Exploration of own environment, skills, abilities and resources for business idea generation, Business plan, Capitalization, Company structure, Entrepreneurial facts, myths, and traits, Financial tools, Launch a business venture, Leadership, Marketing, Personal action plan, Pitch, Product development process, Product and service evaluation, Quality control, Sales techniques, Supply chain, SWOT analysis, Annual reporting, Liquidation etc. Participants shall be inspired to form and register formally group venture to benefit from available youth, women and many more government prosperity/empowerment initiatives.

The outcomes of the proposed project will be empowered youth in the community with Entrepreneurial skills and knowledge that is necessary for them to establish and effectively manage businesses enterprise.

 

5 of the trained youth will receive additional training so they can mentor both other youth for sustainability purposes.

 

About JA Uganda:

Junior Achievement (JA) is one of the largest global NGOs dedicated to addressing fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by educating and empowering them to transform their future and own their economic success.

Through the delivery of cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, we effectively broaden the canvas of possibility for young people and enrich their ability to both engage in their own economic development and contribute to the strength of their families, communities, and economies.

 

Junior Achievement Uganda (JA) is a non-profit organization established in 2008 in Uganda as a member nation of JA Worldwide operating mainly in schools & for the last 3 years, involving out of school youth impacting over 130000 learners with the JA flagship program—the JA Company Program to date.

About Ray of Hope Medical Missions:

Ray of Hope Medical Missions is a 501c (3) non-profit organization on a mission to catalyze positive change among underprivileged communities. Since its beginnings in 2012, the organization has been striving to make a global impact by sharing Christ’s love, facilitating life-changing surgeries for children of underdeveloped countries, reducing infant mortality by providing a modern birthplace; and providing mission opportunities both internationally and in the home.

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JA Uganda Welcomes Back Rachael Mwagale As New Executive Director

JA Uganda Welcomes Back Rachael Mwagale As New Executive Director

2nd December, 2021. JA Uganda announced today that Rachael Mwagale has been appointed new Executive Director of the organization. An experienced business leader, Ms. Mwagale succeeds Mr. Geofrey Wakhakunyu and assumed responsibilities effective November 2021. Mr. Wakhakunyu has taken on a new role as Programs Director.

Rachael is a seasoned social entrepreneur, an experienced business strategist and a graduate of Makerere University (BA Hons) Social Sciences. She has worked with various organizations in contributing to empowering businesses to reach their next level of growth through creative sales and marketing drives. She is passionate about skilling young people of Uganda and empowering mindset transformation fit for the 21st century work skills. Rachael is highly motivated team player, expert in stakeholder management, strategic planning and government relations, business process analysis, training and capacity building, sales and marketing, events management, mentoring and skills coaching. 

The JAU Board is optimistic about Rachael’s appointment. Having been a passionate member of the team before and now returning we hope to see a new drive fit for this organization.

While Rachael was at Miss Uganda Foundation she supported fundraising drives and as well impacted young ladies in pageantry to embrace ‘beauty with a purpose’ and gave a new face to beauty  ultimately engaging in corporate social responsibility which changed the stakes for Miss Uganda at the world level constantly winning us the first ever Miss World Africa in 2019 Quinn Abenakyo!

 

About JA Uganda

Junior Achievement (JA) is one of the largest global NGOs dedicated to addressing fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by educating and empowering them to transform their future and own their economic success.

Through the delivery of cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, we effectively broaden the canvas of possibility for young people and enrich their ability to both engage in their own economic development and contribute to the strength of their families, communities, and economies.

Junior Achievement Uganda (JA) is a non-profit organization established in 2008 in Uganda as a member nation of JA Worldwide operating mainly in schools & for the last 3 years, involving out of school youth impacting over 130000 learners with the JA flagship program—the JA Company Program to date.

 

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JA Uganda Hosts Closing Ceremony for the Cha Ching Financial Literacy Program for Primary Schools

JA Uganda Hosts Closing Ceremony for the Cha Ching Financial Literacy Program for Primary Schools

Junior Achievement Uganda through its regional office Junior Achievement Africa and Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia and Africa, partnered to educate and inspire Africa’s youth on financial literacy through the Cha Ching program.

The Cha Ching program primarily targets students ages 9-11 years, teaching them lessons that focus on four financial concepts; Earn, Save, Spend and Donate, and provide tools for them to become financially savvy adults.

 

Pupils are encouraged to use critical thinking to make decisions on how they manage their money applying the four concepts: Earn, Save, Spend and Donate in their daily lives which supports positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their money management skills early in life.

The program was undertaken by 17 schools in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono in 2021.  JA Uganda greatly appreciates the support and close work relationship we have had with the ministry of Education and sports and the education departments in Kampala City Council Authority, Mukono and Wakiso districts.

This program is funded by Prudence Foundation the Community Investment arm of Prudential in Asia. This is in an effort to bring lasting impact to societies through sustainable initiatives focused on education.

Mr. George Muteekanga, Commissioner Private Schools and Institutions at the Ministry of Education and Sports attended the closing ceremony and said that “today’s economic challenges affect young people tremendously if not tackled with expertise. Empowering young people to transform their future and own their success is something this program excels at and this creates a positive impact”

Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank Group CEO, Joins JA Africa Board

Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank Group CEO, Joins JA Africa Board

An astute and experienced banking and financial expert, Ayeyemi will be joining 16 accomplished professionals on the JA Africa Board. Fifteen of JA Africa Board members are independent directors who have elected to serve pro bono. Their leadership, governance and oversight functions advances JA’s mission of shaping the future of work for Africa’s youth.

“I am delighted to welcome Ade Ayeyemi to our esteemed board,” said JA Africa Board Chair, Charles Olumuyiwa Moyela. “Ayeyemi is a world-class professional and an accomplished business leader. He brings invaluable expertise and solid knowledge of Africa’s economic development issues to the JA Africa board.”

 

“At a time like this, his experience, leadership and counsel will help shape JA’s strategic partnerships across sub-Sahara Africa as the organization hones the productive potential of Africa’s youth,” Moyela further remarked.

As the world grapples with the social and economic aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Africa’s youth are the worst hit due to the widespread closure of schools, rising unemployment and inequality, and poor health infrastructure. A recent report by the International Labour Organization, “Youth and Covid-19: impacts on jobs, education, rights and mental well-being,” has said the Covid-19 crisis is having a devastating impact on the education and training of young people.

According to the report, 70% of young persons who study or combine study with work have been adversely affected by the 2020 global health crisis. It highlights large ‘digital divides’ between regions, with youth living in lower-income countries, who have less access to the internet, a lack of equipment and often a lack of space at home.

JA Africa’s approach to mitigating these challenges is a hybrid formula of combining in-person and virtual program execution models; JA country teams in 14 African countries have also successfully pivoted some of their programs onto digital platforms, including its signature Company of the Year program.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Ayeyemi join the JA Africa board at this time because the Ecobank Group’s network across 33 African countries as well as Mr. Ayeyemi’s heartfelt desire to contribute to the growth and well-being of Africa’s youth will be significant drivers towards achieving our goal of rapid expansion across the continent to prepare millions of young Africans for future success,” said Simi Nwogugu, CEO of JA Africa. “I am also grateful for the opportunity to be personally mentored by one of Africa’s most experienced business leaders who has lived and worked in several countries across the continent.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Ayeyemi said: “60% of the population in Africa consists of young people aged below 25, which calls for all decision makers to join hands and focus on creating an enabling environment for them to thrive. I am therefore honoured to serve on the board of JA Africa where I will be able to further contribute towards building a better Africa for them to succeed.”

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About Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’ or ‘The Group’)

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) is the parent company of the Ecobank Group, the leading independent pan-African banking group. The Ecobank Group employs over 14,800 people and serves about 24 million customers in the consumer, commercial and corporate banking sectors across 33 African countries. The Group has a banking license in France and representative offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Beijing, China; London, the UK and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The Group offers a full suite of banking products, services and solutions including bank and deposit accounts, loans, cash management, advisory, trade, securities, wealth and asset management. ETI is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchanges in Lagos, the Ghana Stock Exchange in Accra, and the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières in Abidjan. For further information please visit www.ecobank.com