Prince’s Trust, JAN train young people in entrepreneurship, business management
Prince’s Trust International, in partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), has launched an Enterprise Challenge program in Nigeria.
Founded by the Prince of Wales in 2015 and drawing on four decades of experience in the UK, Prince’s Trust works with local partners around the world.
According to the program organizers, the partnership helps young people develop their entrepreneurial skills and business knowledge, and also gives them the chance to learn what it takes to run a business and be their own boss.
Prince’s Trust Deputy Director of Global Delivery, Rosanna Wakefield, noted that their programs and interventions are present in 17 Commonwealth countries and beyond – in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe. – and that they have supported more than 35,000 young people around the world since 2015.
Wakefield noted that the mission of the trust is to empower young people to learn, earn and thrive by providing them with opportunities to develop the skills and confidence to succeed, achieve results in tangible jobs and build their own future.
“We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. We are therefore delighted to have launched the Enterprise Challenge program in Nigeria through this new partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria,” said Wakefield.
She expressed optimism that the partnership will ensure young people develop the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in business, helping them to learn, earn and thrive.
“After a successful pilot project, we look forward to continuing to work with Junior Achievement Nigeria to support more young people in the country,” she added.
JAN Executive Director Foluso Gbadamosi noted that JAN is part of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAWW), a non-profit economic education organization with a network of 120 countries, with the vision of empowering young people to become conscientious business leaders.
She said that since its inception in 1999, JAN has reached more than one million students and young people in more than 20,000 classrooms in all 36 states of the country and the FCT through more than 5,000 volunteers.
She added that JAN leverages resources and expertise to deliver localized cutting-edge experiential programs based on JAWW’s four pillars of Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy and Digital Literacy to in-school youth. and unschooled, aged 5 to 27, free of charge. costs.
“For us at Junior Achievement Nigeria, it is about preparing young people to succeed in a global economy,” said Gbadamosi.
She said that not only do they equip participants with the skills to start and run their own business, but they also teach them relevant skills that will help them take ownership of their economic future.
“We are grateful for this partnership with Prince’s Trust International which has helped us reach even more young people, put them on the path to wealth creation and position them to become conscientious business leaders,” added Gbadamosi. .
The Enterprise Challenge program has been implemented in Lagos and Oyo states. The schools in Lagos were vita Christi College, Reedemer’s International School, Mbari Mbayo and Liberty Bells. On the other hand, the schools in Ibadan were Seed of Life College and Queens School.
The program has benefited over 120 students, providing them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of ethical business strategies and business concepts.
With the support of over 24 mentors, students experienced real business scenarios where they produced, developed and marketed new products through the unique business simulation game.
Students also had the opportunity to develop their own innovative business ideas or proposals to solve modern societal, environmental and economic problems.
One of the participants from the Seed of Life College in Ibadan, Olufisayo Mofeoluwa, said that the program gave him the opportunity to learn about financial prudence, as well as teamwork, knowledge of the natural environment and the control of resources, while providing it with a capacity for critical analysis. skills on how to make sound business decisions.
“Thank you, Prince’s Trust International and Junior Achievement Nigeria, for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Enterprise Challenge programme,” said Mofeoluwa.
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