For Immediate Release:
June 7, 2010
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OPENS THE DOOR TO GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS WITH SUPPORT FROM CATERPILLAR
Educational initiative fosters international business skills, entrepreneurship and work readiness.
Singapore – Singapore students are one step closer to learning the skills they need to compete successfully in the global economy. Today, Junior Achievement Singapore Ltd announced that it has received a grant of S$23,000 equivalent to provide students with Junior Achievement programs that focus on global trade, economics and business, thanks to generous support from the Caterpillar Foundation.
Joining with JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement’s global headquarters) in the Business Acumen Skills Development Initiative, Caterpillar is philanthropically investing a total of US$200,000 to implement JA programs for secondary school students in 10 countries. In addition to the financial investment, many Caterpillar employees volunteer in classrooms to present JA courses that help young people acquire business knowledge and discover their potential to shape the future.
“The Business Acumen Skills Development Initiative will have a great impact on our students’ ability to compete successfully in the new global economy,” said JA Singapore Executive Director Ms. Ng Hau Yee. “Junior Achievement programs, such as JA Company Program®, JA Be Entrepreneurial™, JA It’s My Business and others, prepare young people to become innovative entrepreneurs and effective members of the world’s workforce. JA curricula teach students how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that contribute to community growth, and how to exercise financial responsibility.”
About Junior Achievement® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 129 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org.
For More Information, Contact:
Ng Hau Yee (Ms.)
Junior Achievement Singapore Ltd
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