Chamber president calls for greater connectivity between education and entrepreneurship

The Junior Achievement Program operates in the Federation’s high schools providing skills to participants on the process and necessities in starting and running a business. The fair enables students to exhibit the products and services they have created to the general public.

Hobson reaffirmed that the CIC views the program as vital to the nation’s future. “The Chamber of Industry and Commerce remains committed to the Junior Achievement Program and will continue to support and provide the requisite resources to ensure its continued success well into the future.”

JA-Exh-OneThe Chamber president indicated that students needed to be prepared to employ themselves, given the realities of the work environment today. “Entrepreneurial training encourages the formation of new ventures and improves the likelihood of self-employment. No longer must we focus only on training our students to think about finding a job upon graduation. We must train them how to create jobs and be businessmen and businesswomen in this new economy,” he said.

But the CIC president believes that a more structured entrepreneurial program needs to be incorporated into the normal school curricula, because of its relevance to the long-term developmental needs of a small country like St. Kitts and Nevis.

“Entrepreneurship and education are two extraordinary disciplines that need to be leveraged and interconnected, if we are to develop the human capital required for the building of our nation. We need to activate in each high school, a Division of Entrepreneurship, which accentuates the ‘experiential’ education modalities combined with a formal system of attachments and apprenticeships,” Hobson suggested.

JA-Exh-TwoNevertheless, he commended the Junior Achievement Program for its aims and objectives and the impact it has had over the years in shaping the perspective of the young people who participate.

“This is a program that can help foster much needed skills of work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. It offers a different and more palatable form of education called “experiential” learning. It inspires students to dream big, to teach themselves, and to reach their fullest potential.  Junior Achievement students develop the skills that students need in order to experience the realities and opportunities of the world of work in the 21st century,” the CIC president stated.

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