In 2017, Aiducation International and JA Ghana crossed paths and discovered they share similar goals- bridging talented but underprivileged students to opportunities to realize their potential while empowering them to be leaders in their respective countries. The partnership works to the advantage of both Aiducation as well as JA Ghana since it builds on each others strengths. JA Ghana is able to focus on implementing the mentorship Academies while Aiducation is able to consolidate all its efforts on partner and fund generation to enable the AiduTalents they select to be part of the mentorship academy.
JA (Junior Achievement) Ghana is a member of JA Worldwide, one of the largest global non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to own their economic success by enhancing the relevance of education. JA programs focus on the areas of Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy and provide experiential learning experience for young people to prepare for life in the 21st century.
Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. JA was founded to help prepare immigrant youth to enter the workforce in the US, without being disadvantaged in terms of preparedness.
Today, that mission and those approaches have been replicated in over 122 countries worldwide. Its first program, JA Company Program®, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis.
Since its establishment in Ghana in 2008, JA Ghana have served over 15,000 Ghanaian youth in over 80 schools/institutions, across the ten regions of Ghana, with financial, in-kind and volunteer support from stakeholders such as Nokia, Coca-Cola, Barclays Bank, Newmont Gold Ghana Ltd, Goldfields Ghana Ltd, Fidelity Bank, GE and Prudential Insurance.
Throughout its 30-year history in Africa, JA has successfully developed programs that build entrepreneurial skills through real-world business experiences.