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The Junior Achievement Programme
website : http://www.ja.org/ JA Trade Fair Photos - 09 May 2008

Background Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda
Commonwealth of Dominica Grenada Montserrat
St Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines

Background
Junior Achievement (JA) Programmes are administered under an umbrella organisation known as JA Worldwide. JA Worldwide is a non-profit, non-Government organisation dedicated to educating young people about the value of free enterprise, business and economics through its variety of Programmes.

In addition to promoting business and entrepreneurship, JA Programmes promote self, social and community development. The life skills they develop enable these youth to mature into astute entrepreneurs and successful leaders.

JA programmes are administered as in–school and after-school programmes and operate in over one hundred countries with over seven million young people participating in the programmes.

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) recognises that, in tandem with the establishment of money and capital markets emphasis must also be placed on private sector development. Programmes such as Junior Achievement spawn new talents for entry into this main engine of growth.

The Bank is facilitating the promotion of JA Programmes in all ECCB member countries, particularly where the programmes do not currently exist.

Anguilla
The Optimist Club in Anguilla is spearheading the promotion of the JA programmes. The Club launched the Pilot phase of JA in early January 2007 under which two programmes were introduced: the “Dollars and $ense” programme, at the Road Primary School, and the “Company Programme” at the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive High School. (See photo)

Antigua and Barbuda
JA Antigua and Barbuda was established in 1992 and was an initiative of the Rotary Club of Antigua, an organisation which is still one of the main stakeholders in the programme. The initiative commenced with one JA programme and currently there are approximately eight in-school programmes and one after-school programme being offered throughout the primary and secondary schools.
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Commonwealth of Dominica
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has been liaising with potential promoters of the JA Programmes. Discussions are ongoing.

Grenada
Junior Achievement Open House Gave Invaluable Learning Experience To Young Students

St. Joseph’s Convent in St. George’s takes the honours at Junior Achievement Graduation

It was a graduation with a difference with the Junior Achievers decked out in their business attire to proudly represent their school companies as part of the finals of the Junior Achievement Programme 2007/8 on Thursday June 5th, under the patronage of His Excellency Sir Daniel Williams, Governor General. The Junior Achievement Committee wanted a novel and fresh approach to the business venture that the programme represents and simulated a real business awards ceremony followed by a cocktail reception at the Grenada National Stadium. The graduation ceremony was hosted by the Grenada Chamber of Industry & Commerce and the event was chaired by Mr. Christopher De Riggs, Executive Director of the Chamber. The feature address was given by Mr. J Errol Lewis, Executive Director of the Junior Achievement Programme in Trinidad & Tobago. Mr. Lewis who has been involved in Junior Achievement Worldwide and reiterated the importance of the roles of the Chamber, the Government, the Principals and teachers, the private sector, the parents and the Junior Achievers themselves in making the programme a success.

St. Joseph’s Convent walked away with ten (10) awards including Company of the Year for “Worker’s in Action” and President of the Year for Ms. Ameena Caesar. Ambassador Denis Antoine who visited the Junior Achievement Trade Fair in May was so impressed with the performance of the students he offered a gift of a laptop on behalf of his esteemed office to the President of the Year and undoubtedly the most outstanding Junior Achiever of the programme. The Company was supervised by their Principles of Business teacher Ms. Luan Harford and were sponsored by Grenlec. Mrs. Joanne Jacob from Grenlec ably assisted the Worker’s In Action Company with excellent consultancy throughout the year. First runner up company of the year went to Crystal Vision from Bishop’s College, Carriacou and second runner up company of the year went to New Gen from Beacon High. They were sponsored and tutored by Dexter Lendore from Cable & Wireless and Rachel Brathwaite from Digicel respectively. Bishop’s College in Carriacou came away with several awards and most certainly did Carriacou proud.

Photos of the JA Grenada programme
JA Grenada Report

Montserrat
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has been liaising with potential promoters of the JA Programmes. Discussions are ongoing.

St Kitts and Nevis
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other public and private sector organisations, introduced the Junior Achievement (JA) programmes to St Kitts and Nevis in 2004. The St Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce has been managing the programmes since 2008.

The JA Company Programme is one of the projects under the JA programmes and is the only one in which St Kitts and Nevis participates.  The JA Company Programme requires third and fourth form students to identify and propose business opportunities within St Kitts and Nevis, operate these businesses and provide a performance report at the end of the project. The Annual JA Trade Fair is an activity organised as part of the programme.  The trade fair enhances the visibility of the JA programmes and provides the opportunity for students to display and sell their products and services.  The 2011 Annual Trade Fair took place at the Independence Square, Basseterre on 29 April.
An Advisory Committee was established since inception of the programme in 2004 to assist with the oversight and co-ordination of the JA Company Programme. The members of the 2010/2011 Committee include representatives from the following organisations/institutions:

  • Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
  • Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange
  • FirstCaribbean International Bank Ltd
  • FND Enterprise Cooperative Credit Union Ltd
  • St Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd
  • St Kitts-Nevis Ministry of Education
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia

These institutions along with other public and private sector partners have contributed to the significant success of the JA Company Programme in St Kitts and Nevis through their continued support. 

The schools that participated in the 2010/2011 JA Company Programme were: 

  • Basseterre High School
  • Cayon High School
  • Charlestown Secondary  School
  • Ginglerland Secondary School
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic School
  • Washington Archibald High School

The 2011 programme year will culminate with the Annual Awards Ceremony scheduled to take place in September.

Saint Lucia
JA Saint Lucia was founded in 1996 by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. JA Saint Lucia has expanded from five company programmes to twenty in the secondary schools and sixty primary school programmes across several schools. Photos of the 11th Annual Awards Ceremony held on June 12 2007
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St Vincent and the Grenadines
JA St Vincent and the Grenadines was founded in 1997 by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The JA Programmes are active in most of the schools in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

For further information on Junior Achievement visit: http://www.ja.org/
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