Need­ing clar­ity on Ju­nior Achieve­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: I JUST read the fea­ture on Ju­nior Achieve­ment Ja­maica ap­pear­ing in the Novem­ber 13, 2016, edi­tion of The Sun­day Gleaner. I have no doubt that this is a very use­ful pro­gramme and very vi­tal in in­tro­duc­ing young peo­ple to en­trepreneur­ship and the dis­ci­pline that goes with it.

I am, how­ever, a bit con­cerned about the be­gin­nings of the pro­gramme in Ja­maica and am, there­fore, seek­ing some clar­ity on this mat­ter. From The Gleaner’s pub­li­ca­tion, I am of the im­pres­sion that the move­ment started seven or nine years ago.

I can re­call a pro­gramme be­ing run by the Ja­maica Cham­ber of Com­merce (JCC) from the 1980s to the late 1990s. I was Se­prod’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to a Ju­nior Achieve­ment (JA) com­pany at St Hugh’s High School one year when I was em­ployed to that com­pany. When I be­came prin­ci­pal of Clan Carthy High School, I in­vited the JCC rep­re­sen­ta­tive to es­tab­lish a JA com­pany at the school, which was suc­cess­fully done. The fol­low­ing year, the move­ment seemed to have gone into hi­ber­na­tion, so there was no fol­low-up.

Since the pro­grammes seem so much alike, in­for­ma­tion would be help­ful. TREVOR SAMUELS Stasamuels@cw­ja­

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