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JA teaching 2,000 students budgeting, investments

Published: 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Junior Achievement (JA) of T&T, in collaboration with Citi and Citi Foundation, yesterday launched its finance programme for secondary school students. The JA personal finance programme would be delivered in five sessions, targeting 2,000 students in ten secondary schools in Port-of-Spain and environs.

Students would benefit from lessons, such as budgeting, investments, identity theft and credit. In its 40-year existence in T&T, approximately 105,000 have benefited by participating in JA activities. Speaking at the launch of the programme at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, Port-of-Spain, School Supervisor III for Port-of-Spain and environs, Cheryl-Ann Wilkinson, praised the contributions of JA.

Wilkinson said for the economy to thrive there must a strong business sector and JA was assisting in that area.
She said it was critical for young people to become financially literate and develop their entrepreneurial skills.
JA co-ordinator Richard Oliver, who participated in JA from Form Four to tertiary level, said the financial programme would teach students how to make wise, financial decisions. He said students would participate through games, posters, case studies and role-playing activities.

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