Em­pow­er­ing young peo­ple through en­trepreneur­ship

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGE -

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

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