Managing Partner of Verraki, Niyi Yusuf has congratulated Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide – the world’s largest non-profit economic education organization, on directly training and impacting over one million students in 20 years.
According to him, JAN has mentored a significant number of Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurs today, in sectors as diverse as entertainment, financial services, start-up, not-for-profit, social enterprises among others, and created a bridge between the classroom and the workplace for children and young adults.
“This is undoubtedly a historic milestone for JAN, and Verraki is proud to have played an important role in its success. JAN has successfully transformed Nigeria’s youth empowerment and economic education space with its unique, experiential and entrepreneurial education focusing on the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy as well as digital literacy and its collaborative style of pooling resources from the private and public sector to achieve its mandate. As a contributor during its early days, as a volunteer from Andersen Consulting to my role now as Board Chairman, I have been privileged to watch JAN’s growth from inception to impacting and training over 1,000,000 Nigerians with 4,000+ committed volunteers in 36 states. I am confident that JAN can reach the next million within the next 5 years as it continues to deliver lasting value by upskilling Nigeria’s teeming youth population for the challenges of entrepreneurship in a dynamic business environment”, Yusuf said.
Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world’s oldest and largest non-profit economic education organization dedicated to empowering students on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship through experiential, hands-on programs.
JAN was envisioned to inspire and educate young people to become conscientious business leaders.
It achieves this by implementing economic education programs that develop attitudes and skills necessary for personal success and social responsibility and delivers practical, experiential hands-on programs under the three pillars of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to young people between the ages of 5 and 27.
In addition to its original, home-grown programs designed to meet the unique needs of Nigerian youths, JAN also has access to hundreds of JA programs and initiatives tried and tested in several countries around the world facing the same issues of developing youth that can compete globally in the 21st Century and beyond.