Partner of the Week: Junior Achievement Zimbabwe

Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (JAZ) is our Partner of the Week.

Since September 2015 JAZ implemented Aflateen, inspiring young people to socially and economically empower themselves to be agents of change in their lives and of their communities. The programme complemented the school’s curriculum by enriching it with life and entrepreneurship skills, improving teaching methodologies and enhancing the overall quality of education. In two districts, Mutasa and Marange 603 pupils (312 females and 291 males) followed Aflateen classes. Additionally, 40 teachers benefited from training on child centred teaching methodologies improving their facilitation skills.

The project increased young people’s safety nets through their creation of small enterprises, resulting in improved family sustenance, reducing the effects of poverty and HIV and Aids. Most of the young people, who participated in the programme, were innovative by venturing into various projects that included poultry, market gardening and buying and selling of groceries. The classes did not only address the needs of the community but also the needs of students, promoting access to their intrinsic rights as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).