JUNIOR Achievement St. Lucia held its 19th annual Primary Grade Teacher Training Workshop last week at the Kimatrai Hotel and the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary school .
New JA teacher advisors were sensitized on the various methodologies that can be used to bring the programme to students, in an innovatively fun and exciting way. Grade 4 teacher, Mrs. Mathilda Samuel of the Grande Riviere Combined School facilitated the workshop for districts 5 – 8, with JA volunteer and Managing Director of KD Dolls, Mr. Gilland Avril, facilitating the workshop for districts 1- 4. Both coordinators shared the same sentiment that the Junior Achievement programme nurtures entrepreneurship among the youth.
JA Board Member and Managing Director of True Value Hardware and Building Supplies, Mrs. Debra Tobierre in addressing teachers in the south said: “Entrepreneurship is very important as it can be applied to any setting in the competitive business world and also to the small businessman. The JA programmes provides that foundation for our youth, as it emphasizes entrepreneurship, financial literacy and team work”.
Teachers expressed the need for implementation of the programme at all schools as it not only complements the school’s syllabus but also allows students to see the relevance of education to the workplace. Sixty teachers, representing 57 primary schools benefitted from the training.
Junior Achievement (JA) is one of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of the youth by providing economic literacy programmes to students and teaching them the importance of an education. Over 10.6 million students experience the JA programme annually.