Junior Achievement (JA) is the largest global, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people to own their economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education. JA Worldwide Headquarters’ office provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to more than 120 countries around the world. A local volunteer board of directors, comprising business, education, and civic leaders, sets the policy and direction at each regional office.
JA Africa is one of six JA Worldwide® Regional Operating Centers. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, JA Africa members include: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Junior Achievement’s unique, experiential programs—focusing on the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. JA’s primary strength has traditionally been in the delivery of its signature educational program—the JA Company Program®. This pedagogic approach is highly practical and “hands-on,” with volunteers serving as teachers, mentors, and role models for the students.
JA programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.
In Africa, JA believes that entrepreneurship is the key to enabling the burgeoning and marginalized youth population. JA is focused on scaling the delivery of a modified version of its traditional JA Company Program® to very poor, out-of-school, underemployed/unemployed youth (typically between the ages of 15-35) to create sustainable micro-enterprises and jobs. All JA Members in sub-Saharan Africa have agreed that by increasing resources to deliver a modified version of the traditional JA Company Program®” to marginalized youth, significant progress can be made on four key regional priorities:
1. Promoting enterprise and employability of young people
2. Building meaningful public and private partnerships
3. Expanding alternative program and delivery methods
4. Increasing Regional Operating Center and Member effectiveness and performance.
JA Africa has established a five-year goal of helping one million African youth at all social levels to gain the access to information and resources, self-confidence and self-reliance that they and the sub-continent needs to move forward. At its core, JA Africa’s mission is to foster social mobility and financial inclusion among African youth through job creation, improved employability, financial literacy and microenterprise creation. In Africa, JA believes that entrepreneurship education is one of the keys to empowering the burgeoning and marginalized youth population.
With Financial support from HSBC and the Citi Foundation, among others, JA Africa’s projects in each country may vary and national programmes are comprised of some or all of the full menu of courses below:
Primary School Programmes
Middle Grade Programmes
Secondary School Programmes