About Us

Welcome to 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 2019, 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 2019, Over 65,000 young people participated in JA Zimbabwe programs. More than 500,000 young people, both in-school and out-of-school, rural and urban took part in JA programs in Zimbabwe since 1999.

Purpose and Mission

To prepare and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, economics and entrepreneurship by helping them gain an understanding of,

  • How business is conceived and run
  • 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.

What we do – JA Focus Areas

Junior Achievement’s programs focus on seven key content areas, which are Business, Citizenship, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics/Character, Financial Literacy and Work-related Life Skills/Career Development.

  • Financial Literacy
  • Work Readiness
  • Entrepreneurship

How We Do It: Program Methodology

All JA programs are based on the concept of “learning by doing” and are a practical supplement to the academic studies offered in school curriculum. Programs are conducted by teachers, along with volunteers from the business community, who serve as leaders, advisors and role models to each class. JA Zimbabwe 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.

Who we are – JA Zimbabwe Board of Trustees

  • David Birch, (Chairman) Principal Officer, Lloyds Insurance
  • Dr Sibongile Moyo , Managing Director, Nedbank
  • Jo Ann Ross, Retired, Publishing
  • Job Torindoh, Managing Director, Mutare Garments Manufacturers
  • Emily Nemapare, Head Corporate Communications, First Capital Bank in Association with Barclays
  • Fungai Makoni, (Theressa Gwainda, Alt) Managing Director, MIMOSA Mine
  • Nigel Chanakira, Founder, Kingdom Financial Holdings
  • Courage Shoniwa, (JA Alumnus, Finance Director, Minerva Risk Advisors)
  • Phillimon Mlambo, Executive Director, Junior Achievement Zimbabwe


David Birch, (Chairman) Principal Officer

Our Partners