Junior Achievement Botswana Vital to Economy

Business & Finance

Junior Achievement Botswana (JAB) inspires young people to succeed in a global economy, Ranokanyane junior school head, Mr Gothusang Moremi has said.

Speaking during a sub-regional best business expose held at the school on May 9, Mr Moremi said the projects and presentations by JAB students made them dream big and reach their potential.

He stated that global economy was driven by the 21st Century skills and technological innovation which is happing at an unprecedented level.

Mr Moremi said that the schools that had not started JAB were missing because with the JAB content provides students with diverse learning styles and 21st century skills that would help them to be successful in the future.

He said, “Botswana’s future depends on JAB students. I believe, you will be first class entrepreneurs.” JAB students, he said would help create new jobs which are crucial to the country’s economy.

Chairperson of Serowe cluster region, Ms Sharon Lechaena said though the preparations of the event were not easy, with the entrepreneur’s brains of achievers and business aisors they succeeded.

Ms Lechaena cited challenges like transport break down saying Maun cluster spent a night on the way due to the problem while some clusters did not make it to the event. She said lack of funds on government to pay officers was also a challenge. She however called for endless support from stakeholder.

Meanwhile, companies from Sedie junior secondary school dominated the junior category, as they came first in five themes out of seven, while two companies, one from Pekenene and one from Ranokanyane Junior schools shared the remaining two first positions in the category.

Also, in wellness and recreation theme, Excludible Decors from Sedie Junior scooped second spot while Grandeur services also from Sedie junior settled for third place.

In an interview, chief executive officer of S’ tile Africa company, Ms Mphoentle Tshwene, a student at Sedie said that the uniqueness of the company made them scoop first position in environment, wildlife and tourism theme.

Ms Tshwene said though they are a team of five, but, she only came with Ms Ame Phorano (student) because of transportation challenges.

Through JAB, she said they learnt some leadership skills, team work as well as loyalty to customers.

JAB programme coordinator, Mr Tiboke Mhlambi told BOPA that the competition went well and companies expressed a lot of innovation, creativity and team work.

“We need achievers to diversify the product and acquire different skills,” he added. He said out of 84 companies expected, only three companies from Rakops junior school did not come.

For her part, JAB manager, Ms Banyana Mannaesi attributed the dominance of Sedie junior school to the school’s peer educators who also went through the Jab programme.

Companies that made it in the top three (position 1-3) will take part in the regional Best Business expose billed for June 27 at Lotsane Senior Secondary school in Palapye.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News