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 2016, over 10 million young people participated in JA programs in 121 countries across the globe.
Junior Achievement (JA) Zimbabwe is a private sector initiative and became a Member Nation of JA Worldwide (initially JA International) in October 1998. JA is registered in Zimbabwe as a not-for profit trust organization. In 2017, Over 50,000 young people participated in JA Zimbabwe programs. More than 400,000 young people, both in-school and out-of-school, rural and urban took part in JA programs in Zimbabwe since 1999.
To prepare and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, economics and entrepreneurship by helping them gain an understanding of,
Junior Achievement programs focus on seven key content areas, which are Business, Citizenship, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics/Character, Financial Literacy and Work-related Life Skills/Career Development.
All JA programs are based on the concept of “learning by doing” and are a practical supplement to the academic studies offered in school curriculums. Programs are conducted by teachers, along with volunteers from the business community, who serve as leaders, advisors and role models to each class. JAZ volunteers come from all walks-of-life and include teachers, business people, entrepreneurs, consultants, Rotarians, college students, retirees, youth group leaders, international organization volunteers, and Junior Achievers.
JA Zimbabwe is funded through partnerships directly and indirectly by, Barclays Bank, Nedbank Bank, Coca Cola, Plan International, Porticus Foundation, Mimosa, Rotary among others.