Empowering young people through entrepreneurship
ICONGRATULATE Junior Achievement (JA) Jamaica on undertaking this mammoth task of being the local host of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016. This week serves as an integral component in fostering entrepreneurial development across the island. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has a keen interest in the preservation of a sector that is necessary for job creation and economic growth.
The ministry is conscious that education cannot only be ‘talk and chalk’, it requires ongoing revisions and restructuring to accommodate the needs of a globalised society. Consequently, there is continuous dialogue between the ministry and private stakeholders to ensure relevance of the school curriculum, particularly at the primary and secondary levels, to the business community.
The ministry’s partnership with JA Jamaica is helping to drive innovation and create an environment for students to explore additional options for their economic security. Although traditional careers and jobs are still being promoted, the team from JA Jamaica is helping the students to recognise ways of creating their own enterprises and developing new ideas and concepts within their given fields. Additionally, students are being better prepared to solve problems and generate new ideas and approaches to move organisations forward.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT
As entrepreneurship is becoming the key engine of growth, it is important that our youth are given sufficient opportunities and resources to be champions in this arena. As more than half of the world’s population is under 30, this investment and preparation must start in our schools if we are to truly experience the maximum returns. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is fully committed to the work of JA Jamaica in empowering young people to own their economic success.
I commend Alphie Mullings-Aiken and her team for their tireless efforts as a partner of this ministry. During this week, let us put a great focus on celebrating entrepreneurs, promoting business development, encouraging innovation and continuing to grow Jamaica’s economy as we move from ‘poverty to prosperity’. SENATOR RUEL REID Minister of Education, Youth and Information