Western Union Foundation and JA Americas execute the Education for Better Project in Jamaica

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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.


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Thursday, May 4, 2017