Junior Achievement Zimbabwe
Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement is the world’s largest and fastest growing not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free enterprise. In 2012, over 10.5 million young people participated in JA programs in 121 countries across the globe.
Junior Achievement Zimbabwe is a private sector initiative and became a Member of Junior Achievement Worldwide (initially International) in October 1998. JA Zimbabwe is registered in Zimbabwe as a not-for profit trust organization. Over 100,000 young people, both in-school and out-of-school, rural and urban took part in JA programs in Zimbabwe since 1999. In 2012, over 25,000 young people participated in JA Zimbabwe programs across the country.
As an Anzisha Program partner Junior Achievement brings a global network affiliated to the organisation thus connecting young people across the world.
To prepare and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy by helping them gain an understanding of,
- How business is conceived and run
- The importance of market driven economies
- The role of business in a global economy
- The commitment of business to environmental and social issues
- The relevance of education in the workplace and,
- The impact of economics on their future in order to improve the quality of their lives and the communities in which they live.
Impact and success stories:
Youth unemployment rate in Zimbabwe is rising to the detriment of young people’s potential. This is especially in the formal sector where in most cases young people seek employment. The empowerment of young people in business is contributing immensely in unlocking the challenges being faced. This is due to broadening their ca- reers in the informal sector. 12 young people in Epworth being 10 males and 2 females were trained by Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (JAZ) in life skills and entrepreneurship. They proposed to venture in the production of bricks to address a need in the community. Young people are trading as Stopover Bricks. The company re- ceived $120-00 from JAZ as start up capital and they purchased a wheel barrow, a 1200 litre drum tank, a shov- el and industrial gloves. The support enhanced their work and is making them productively engaged.
In a space of 3 weeks the company produced 8 000 bricks out of a target of 20 000. To produce 1000 bricks they use USD15 and they sell the same bricks at USD55