NA­TIONAL LOT­TER­IES AU­THOR­ITY MAKES GEN­ER­OUS CON­TRI­BU­TION TO JU­NIOR ACHIEVE­MENT

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Na­tional Lot­ter­ies Au­thor­ity (NLA) has col­lab­o­rated with Ju­nior Achieve­ment by pro­vid­ing the cost of the air­fare to­wards the Ju­nior Achieve­ment Com­pany of the Year (COY) com­pe­ti­tion in Lima, Peru.

Nat­u­ral Touch, a Ju­nior Achieve­ment Com­pany of the Babon­neau Se­condary School, was an­nounced win­ner of the JA Com­pany Pro­gram in Oc­to­ber dur­ing the JA Awards Cer­e­mony and was el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the 10th edi­tion of the re­gional COY. The com­pe­ti­tion is a friendly en­gage­ment among JA Com­pany Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants of se­condary schools where teams are chal­lenged to set up and run a real busi­ness within 12 weeks with sup­port of busi­ness men­tors. Upon liq­ui­dat­ing their com­pa­nies, par­tic­i­pat­ing teams are re­quired to sub­mit their fi­nan­cial state­ments to the lo­cal JA of­fice for ad­ju­di­ca­tion based on a set cri­te­rion.

The COY pro­vided a plat­form for 21 stu­dent com­pa­nies from 31 coun­tries to dis­play their range of prod­ucts and ser­vices cre­ated, de­vel­oped and pro­moted and to par­tic­i­pate in exhibitions, net­work­ing and ice breaker ac­tiv­i­ties, sem­i­nars and pitch train­ing ses­sions. Stu­dents demon­strated much en­thu­si­asm, pas­sion and a high level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism as they in­ter­acted with each other, JA ex­ec­u­tives, plus gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tives dur­ing the event which was held from Novem­ber 25th – 28th 2018.

Re-Tyre of The Cay­man Is­lands emerged win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion with Ecuador and Peru gain­ing se­cond and third place re­spec­tively.

The Saint Lu­cian team was rep­re­sented by three stu­dents and one teacher of the Babon­neau Se­condary School ac­com­pa­nied by JA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and Chair­man Kirt Hosam. He stated, “I was deeply im­pressed by the com­pe­ti­tion it­self; be­yond pas­sion for their prod­ucts and ser­vices, stu­dent teams showed real busi­ness acu­men, pre­sent­ing skills from fi­nance to mar­ket­ing with a deep un­der­stand­ing of the mar­kets they were in and the op­por­tu­ni­ties the global econ­omy is of­fer­ing them. JA does a great job in sup­port­ing that devel­op­ment and show­ing young peo­ple how fas­ci­nat­ing it is to have an idea and the right ways to make it into a re­al­ity.”

Mr. Hosam went on to say, “This ex­pe­ri­ence would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the gen­er­ous do­na­tion of $20,000 to­wards the air­fare to Peru by the Na­tional Lot­ter­ies Au­thor­ity and I take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­press my pro­found ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the board and staff of NLA for their pa­tience, gen­eros­ity and time in mak­ing it hap­pen, par­tic­u­larly for the stu­dents. To the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, par­ents, teach­ers and staff of Babon­neau Se­condary School, I say thank you all for your sup­port.”

The Saint Lu­cian JA Team on ar­rival in Peru.

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