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Western Union Foundation and Junior Achievement Americas executes the Education for Better Project in Jamaica

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Press Release
Western Union Foundation has collaborated with Junior Achievement Americas to execute the Education for Better Project in Jamaica. This initiative aims to provide job and life-skills training, financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship training for children and youth in the Americas region, to promote future financial inclusion and economic opportunity. The programme focuses on using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to allow students to formulate their impressions about education and its relationship to success in life at an early age.  Alphie Mullings Aiken, President of Junior Achievement Jamaica, explains that ‘Junior Achievement Jamaica is presenting this programme through its trained volunteers, who deliver job and life skills lessons to students from grade 10 – 12 in six high schools in Jamaica.

The Education for Better Programme culminated in a Career Choices Seminar at the Caenwood Auditorium yesterday, Thursday, May 4th, with the aim to strengthen the career skills of students. Represented at this Seminar were the six high schools which had participated in the programme. They are: Excelsior, St. Jago,
Immaculate Conception, Kingsway, Kingston College, Merl Grove and St. Hugh's.  Eight Organizations were also
present at the Career Choices Seminar to mount displays on their products and services and offer career
guidance.

Kari Douglas, PNP Counsellor of the Trafalgar Division, speaking at the Western Union Education for Better Career Choices Seminar applauded Junior Achievement (JA) Jamaica for its efforts in introducing the STEM Programme in our high schools but also outlined that this programme needs to be implemented from as early as
the early childhood level. She states that mastering STEM will allow our youth to be more globally competitive and marketable; not only that but will allow the country high economic returns.

About Junior Achievement (JA) Jamaica
Junior Achievement (JA) Jamaica is a registered non-governmental organization and a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential, hands‐on program. JA's programs help to prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

JA Jamaica partners with the Government of Jamaica primarily through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI) and a number of public and private sector entities. Through alliances with local and international partners, JA Jamaica seeks to improve Jamaica’s business environment, to empower the country’s
youth, enhance civic participation, and spur transformational education through Junior Achievement’s time‐tested and internationally implemented programs.
Select Junior Achievement programs are also taught to deaf/hard‐of hearing students island‐wide. The aim of this initiative is to provide similar workforce development and training opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing Jamaican students as their hearing counterparts.

JA Jamaica reaches over 15,000 students annually in Jamaica and to date has reached over 80,000 youth. Please visit our website at www.jajamaica.org for more information.