It is yet another year and a new opportunity for schools to join Junior Achievement Eswatini’s In-school programs. There are three programs offered under JAE In-school. These are Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Career Development.
Headteachers from local schools are called upon to register for these exciting programs by 29 February 2024. Joining forms are available online on the link ja-eswatini.org/online-registration/and can also be accessed from the regional education offices, countrywide. Alternatively, school head teachers can send messages to the Whatsapp number 78724899 requesting joining forms.
This year’s target is to work with 150 schools across the four regions. One may ask what is the benefit of joining JAE? Employment opportunities are scarce, and the job market can not realistically absorb all graduates, therefore JA developed a program that prepares scholars at high school level to widen their horizons beyond job seeking by teaching them entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship program is done in Form 4. Another program run by JAE in Form 4 is Job Shadow also known as work readiness where JAE links scholars to companies to get a feel of what the work environment is like and what is required on the ground.
Financial Literacy is another program offered that educates scholars about the importance of managing their finances, saving, opening a bank account and putting some money aside future financial aspirations. JA in partnership with Lubane encourages students to join a savings co-op under the Financial Literacy program. Eswatini Bank also is a partner that enables scholars to open Siyakhula Account and become eligible with their savings to buy Inala shares.
JA Financial Literacy program has been developed from being a series of 6 activities that help learners explore personal financial education and career options based on their skills, interests, and values into introducing valuable finance lessons such as Tax education, how to formulate and run cooperatives, and also delve more on the concept of savings and investments. This program has been extended from the 6 hours and is implemented throughout the duration of the Form 2 learning period of a child. Eventually, this program will be executed throughout the high school life of a student in order to extensively delve into the practical aspect of this program. Currently the program is rolled out in a total of 56 schools.
In March selected scholars from member schools will be participating in Global Money Week under the Financial Literacy Program.
JACO (JA Company) is an exciting entrepreneurship program where member schools form companies and come up with innovative products. These companies end up participating in a competition where the leading company wins 1st prize locally and participation in the COY against other countries under JA Africa. This year the winners of the COY2024 will be going to compete and present their program in Mauritius.
JACO program is time-sensitive therefore schools that are interested in joining this year are urged to do so timeously so the program rolls out in it’s stipulated timeline leading up to July where this year’s theme is Greenovation. The idea is generating innovative solutions around the green economy. Scholars are expected to create products that are eco-friendly. As the world is faced with climate change there is a need for solutions to address this. The program encourages scholars to think out of the box, be vigilant in observing existing problems they can provide solutions for.
Also on the exciting news, DotGood returns in April in partnership with Premier Bakery, where scholars who are interested in being innovative in the food space are given the chance to compete in the DotGood program. These participating schools must be part of the JA programs.
These programs enable students to develop an understanding of enterprise and business as well as entrepreneurship. It has provided them with insight into what it takes to run a small business. This program provides the students with practical and real-world experience in small business activities. Through this program, there are at least 150 business companies that have been formed by students who are now JA Alumni and most of them have completed high school and are either in tertiary education or still searching for jobs and better opportunities in life. They have been well equipped on the principles of entrepreneurship and how to run a profitable company.
Upon completion of these programs scholars are given certificates, which are internationally recognised.