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Sandtonview Combined School Wins the SA Social Innovation Relay Again!

Junior Achievement South Africa learners have been competing in the Social Innovation Relay for four years and this is the second time a team from Sandtonview Combined School have walked away with the national title.   This year more than 1 000 learners from 10 schools in Gauteng competed between February and June.

The Social Innovation Relay is an annual global competition, funded by HP. During the competition learners participate in an innovation workshop, where they are taught about social innovation, after which in teams of three or four they conceptualise a business that would uplift their immediate communities. This year, more than 2,000 teams from 18 countries, supported by nearly 400 HP volunteers, submitted papers and presented their business concepts. Teams from each country compete at national finals, and these winning teams then compete against each other in the online global finals.

100 ideas were uploaded to the Social Innovation Relay website and the best 20 ideas were selected by Nosipho Malotana, an experienced Junior Achievement South Africa facilitator. During the July school holidays, these teams all gathered at HP South Africa’s head office in Rivonia, Johannesburg, and over three days, each team was required to develop their concepts into comprehensive presentations with the assistance of dedicated HP volunteer mentors, who spent many hours with their teams, ensuring they were ready to participate in the SIR national final. The finals were held at HP’s Johannesburg offices on 3rd July 2014, where the top ten teams were required to present their developed concepts to a panel of esteemed HP judges. Teams from Allanridge, Makgetse, McAuley House and Sandtonview High Schools were represented in these finals. The judges scored the teams on content, innovation and creativity, social impact, and the global scalability and feasibility of the concept.

The winning team, Re(D)y from Sandtonview Combined School, identified the current textbook shortages and low accessibility to technology South African learners face, as a serious problem facing their community and South Africans as a whole. Their solution, the Table Tablet, a large tablet computer installed into a school desk, could be used instead of textbooks.  Teachers would be able to upload lessons, homework and study guides to the tablet.  Learners would access the table tablets using their LET cards, which would allow learners to access their information from any pc or tablet, meaning that their school work is available anywhere.  The main aim of the table tablet is to make information more accessible to the youth.

On 8th July, Team Re(D)y participated in the global finals of the competition, and presented their concept online to a global panel of judges. Team Malre from Kenya walked away as winners for their innovative solution to combat malaria. Team Re(D)y performed well and gained valuable experience in social innovation and presentation skills.

SIR Winners 2014

 

MasterCard Continues to Invest in Entrepreneurship: Sponsors 520 Learners

R1 million donation equips South African learners with knowledge and skills to start up a business

 Johannesburg, 12 June 2014 Five hundred and twenty learners from 14schools in seven provinces are participating in the 2014 Junior Achievement (JA) South Africa Mini Enterprise Programme, thanks to a R1 million donation from MasterCard.  This is the fourth consecutive year that MasterCard has supported the globally-recognised JA South Africa programme, which fosters entrepreneurship among South Africa’s youth.

JA South Africa is the local chapter of Junior Achievement, a global non-profit organisation that partners with business communities, educators and volunteers to develop much-needed entrepreneurial skills that prepare learners for the working world after high school.

The Grade 10 and 11 learners participating in the 15-week Mini Enterprise Programme are predominantly female and attend a weekly three-hour class after school. During these sessions, learners are taught workplace readiness as well as entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills.

Youth unemployment in South Africa is one of the highest in the world. According to Stats SA’s Quarter 1 2014 Quarterly Labour Force Survey, 36 percent of all young people under the age of 34 are unemployed, and those that are working are more likely to be employed in precarious conditions.

“This programme will equip these young learners with the skills that they will need to launch their own businesses, so that they in turn can employ others,” said Linda McClure, MD of JA South Africa. “A project like this will help break the cycle of unemployment faced by school leavers that threatens the future of South Africa’s youth, and will promote job creation, which is one of government’s top priorities.”

Facilitated by JA South Africa-trained facilitators, the programme is divided into theory and practical sessions. The learners will initially focus on business theory, including accounting, cash flow and marketing. They will then gain practical business experience by developing a product or service of their choice in response to their own market research, and will then market the product to their community.

Through the programme, learners also gain important interpersonal skills and confidence, which are required in the work environment. MasterCard volunteers will also be invited to share their business experience and advice with the learners to further inspire them

“Over the past four years that we have supported JA South Africa, over 1,000 learners have participated in the various entrepreneurship programmes, and most of them are young women, ” says Philip Panaino, Division President, MasterCard, South Africa.

“South Africa has come a long way in giving women access to education and regular employment opportunities, which are essential building blocks to further empowerment, financial independence and leadership. This programme addresses all of these building blocks in its course content, and we look forward to welcoming these learners into the business world when they emerge as successful entrepreneurs.

Learners from Bophelong Secondary school show off their products

Learners from Bophelong Secondary school show off their products

The donation from MasterCard has made it possible for these schools to participate in the 2014 Mini Enterprise Programme:

  • Gauteng – McAuley House, Dawnview High School, Bophelong Secondary School
  • Limpopo – Motse Maria Secondary School
  • North West Province – Herman Thebe High School
  • KwaZulu Natal – Ridge Park College, Sisebenzile Secondary School, Northmead Secondary School
  • Western Cape – Kensington Senior Secondary School, Villiersdorp Secondary School, Joe Slovo High School, Aloe Secondary School
  • Eastern Cape – Khulani Commercial High School
  • Northern Cape – Homevale Senior Secondary School

“MasterCard is committed to furthering financial inclusion through the power of entrepreneurship as it ensures that people have an opportunity to achieve their full potential. We chose to support these learners as we have identified that nurturing entrepreneurship – particularly among women – is a postive way to address South Africa’s current high level of unemployment. Ultimately the programmes will assist each learner in achieving positive economic outcomes for themselves, their families and their communities,” says Panaino.

Junior Achievement South Africa Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013

During one week each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. This year, Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) will be helping to inspire possible entrepreneurs with a range of events designed to highlight the importance of entrepreneurship in South Africa.

The launch of JASA’s GEW efforts took place on 18th November 2013 and brought together Junior Achievement stakeholders and other organisations dedicated to increasing entrepreneurship in South Africa.  The event, hosted by Carol Ralefeta, a successful entrepreneur in her own right, highlighted several of Junior Achievements up-and-coming alumni, allowing them to share their entrepreneurial journey and how their Junior Achievement experience made it possible.Fulu Comp

One such JASA alumnus is Keagile Makgoba, a final year BA Communications Honours student at the University of Johannesburg.  Keagile completed her JASA Mini Enterprise Programme (MEP) in 2008 when she was in Grade 11 at McAuley House.  Her mini-company sold party packs as part of their JASA programme; this inspired her to start selling sweets and chocolates at school for extra money.  It was from here that the concept for her business, Playtime Parties; was born.  Playtime Parties is a party planning business Keagile started when she was in university, and the business has organised many children’s parties since it’s inception.  Keagile runs her business whilst studying for her Honours degree and completing her internship at Multichoice.

The GEW launch event featured many other successful JASA alumni like Keagile, connecting them to various other stakeholders in the entrepreneurial field and stimulating conversation around entrepreneurship.  To maximise the conversation around entrepreneurship and to ensure that people from far and wide were able to engage with people at the event, guests were encouraged to utilise social media in their entrepreneurial conversations, using the #GEW2013 hash tag.

The event was held at the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice in Melrose Arch and all venue hire fees were generously sponsored by the hotel.  Johannesburg Theatre and Original Iced both sponsored prizes for a speed networking session that took part during the evening.

“Junior Achievement South Africa is passionate about creating young entrepreneurs in South Africa. We have been working in the field of entrepreneurial education for 33 years so it was only logical that we join forces with GEW.  This is the best way to create awareness around entrepreneurship and its importance in countries like South Africa. By joining the entrepreneurial conversation and encouraging other South Africans to engage we are able to reach many more people during the week,” said Joanne Bender, National Programmes Manager of Junior Achievement South Africa.

Last year 7 906 partners from 131 countries participated in Global Entrepreneurship Week by arranging 19 649 activities for 7 491 695 people interested in entrepreneurship,  ensuring that the initiative remains the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.  JASA, as a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of the world’s biggest youth entrepreneurship development organisations, is committed to inspiring young South Africans and helping them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.  This year Junior Achievement South Africa is proud to be an active partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week!

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JASA to win in Sunshine Tour Media Challenge

The 2013 Sunshine Tour Media Challenge will be hosted at The Els Club Copperleaf for the third year on Monday 14 October. 40 members of the media will take on 40 Sunshine Tour professionals at match play with the R5 000 at stake in each match going to charity.

In addition, the media and professionals will be competing for the Khan-Winter trophy. This trophy is named after two of South Africa’s veteran golf writers Iqbal Khan of the Daily News, KwaZulu-Natal, and Grant Winter of the Star, Johannesburg.

The R200 000 stake in the Sunshine Tour Media Challenge has been sponsored by Investec. If a match is won by the member of the media, the R5 000 will go to the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) Maths and English Programme. In partnership with the Department of Basic Education, the programme aims to develop high quality teachers of Mathematics, Science and English through a school-based training model located in ISASA schools. In the end, the goal is to broaden the pool of quality teachers.

If a match is won by a Sunshine Tour professional, the R5 000 will go to Junior Achievement South Africa. JASA is a nationwide, non-profit organisation that offers experiential entrepreneurial business, financial literacy and workplace readiness programmes for young people. JASA is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of the largest business education organisations in the world, operating in over 120 countries globally, including 17 in Africa.

The Sunshine Tour Media Challenge started in 2011, and the professionals won 45 of the 50 matches. Things were a bit closer last year, when the professionals pulled off a closer victory, this time by 32.5 matches to 17.5.

The professionals will have to play the four par-fives on the tough Els Club Copperleaf layout as par-fours, which means the amateurs will have their handicaps as well as four more strokes at their disposal.

Investec's Setlogani Manchidi showing off the Sunshine Tour Media Challenge Trophy

Investec’s Setlogani Manchidi showing off the Sunshine Tour Media Challenge Trophy

2nd Annual Junior Innovators Competition

Since January 2013, hundreds of high-school learners from schools across the country have participated in Junior Achievement South Africa’s (JASA) Mini Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Academy Programmes gaining access to skills on how to manage their own small businesses. In September, these initiatives culminated in the Junior Innovators awards ceremony at Investec recognising learners who have demonstrated promising entrepreneurial potential.

The Junior Innovators Competition, now in its second (2nd) year was jointly developed by Investec and JASA with the aim of stimulating entrepreneurial skills and thinking among learners in grades 10 and 11.

Learners who participated in any Junior Achievement Mini Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Academy Programmes were invited to apply for the Junior Innovators Competition, 40 of whom were then selected on the basis of their business idea to participate in the week-long entrepreneurship training workshop at Investec in Johannesburg. During the final workshop, mentors, all JASA alumni, played a role in helping leaners refine their business ideas by exposing them to the basics of business, microeconomics, business ethics and ways of improving their entrepreneurial potential.

The competition gave learners an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned through JASA’s programmes as well as the rigorous entrepreneurship training workshop hosted by Investec.

Linda McClure noted, “The Junior Innovators Competition is a fantastic opportunity for learners who have participated in a Junior Achievement Programme. The intensive four-day workshop exposes learners to various aspects of entrepreneurship and the structure of the competition ensures that learners have to work in teams as well as individually. The experience for the learners is invaluable and great appreciation goes to Investec for making this possible.”

Finalists were judged based on a number of attributes. These relate to their products as well as their business acumen, including their willingness to take risks, and their resilience, passion and confidence about their business idea. With this year’s theme being innovation, judges also took into account the quality of innovation and knowledge of a respective industry and target market. The learner who  developed the most innovative business idea and was selected as the winner of the competition received R60 000 towards their tertiary study at a university of their choice.

Setlogane Manchidi, head of Investec Corporate Social Investment (CSI), believes the Junior Innovators Competition is an ideal fit with Investec’s philosophy in this area as it is underpinned by the two strategic pillars of education and entrepreneurship. Commenting on this year’s competition, Mr Manchidi says: “Our focus on entrepreneurship is deliberate. At Investec, we believe that by developing a generation of entrepreneurs we will be able to create opportunities for employment, wealth creation and socio-economic growth. Through the Junior Innovators Competition, we are able to identify entrepreneurial talent and provide an opportunity for these individuals to grow into some of South Africa’s successful future business leaders.”

The winner of the Junior Innovators Competition was announced at a gala dinner hosted at Investec on Thursday 26 September 2013. Kholofelo Ramalepe from Motse Maria Secondary School in Limpopo walked away with 1st prize for her innovative melodical fishing rod – a fishing rod with a water proof motion sensor.   The rod will sense fish in close proximity to the rod, guaranteeing both commercial and subsistence fishermen with results.  Kholofelo completed her Mini Enterprise Programme, funded by MasterCard earlier this year.  2nd place went to Iqbaal Osman’s innovative three-in-one stapler, punch and staple remover, Iqbaal studies at Merebank Secondary School in KZN, Iqbaal attended a Mini Enterprise Programme funded by Federal Mogul. Lonwabo Ncanda from Princess High School in Johannesburg was awarded 3rd place, he devised an online music store which will create a platform for young and upcoming musicians and producers, he completed a Mini Enterprise Programme funded by Citi.

These follow appropriately from the high standard set by the 2012 finalists and particularly Junior Innovator competition finalist, Keith Mbaso from Eqinisweni Secondary school, who went on, as part of a team to win the SA HP Global Social Innovation Relay with the idea of converting kinetic energy from a playground to power households near the playground and, in so doing, assist the community.

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New Experiential Entrepreneurial Programme Material Launched

 

Junior Achievement South Africa has announced the launch of its new interactive, picture based programme material ensuring that its programmes continue to take the lead in experiential enterprise education in South Africa.

Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) identified the need to enhance and improve their programme material to ensure that the material remains exciting, interactive and learner driven.  The main objective of the improvement was to create interesting learning material for learners through picture based activities that could support existing programme material and improve the understanding of important business concepts.

JASA contracted Trainiac, to develop the new material, a company specialising in visually mapping learning content and crafting discovery-based activities which facilitate faster learning and higher content retention and application.  After several months of research and development, Trainiac presented a programme kit for the Mini Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Academy Programmes consisting of:

1. An interactive map representing two entrepreneurial environments:

a. A Junior Achievement mini-company running in a school environment and

b. A properly functioning production business in a real-world environment.

These environments illustrate the various functions of several business processes in both a JA mini-company and an actual production business. Eg. different management positions and their roles and responsibilities, various ways of acquiring start-up capital and methods of product quality control.

2.            A game board and activity cards used in a variety of interactive learn-by-doing activities, including a  card based business simulation.Hulwazi Learners Exploring the New Material

The new material is currently being piloted at a Mini Enterprise Programme at Hulwazi Secondary School in Daveyton, funded by Spar South Rand.  The pilot phase has been extremely successful and feedback from both learners and facilitators has been excellent! The learners have been eager to participate and the interactive material has ensured that they have enjoyed their programme sessions immensely.  Upon completion of the pilot phase, all of JASA’s 2014 Entrepreneurship Academy and Mini Enterprise Programmes will incorporate the new material.

“By providing for our learning material to be even more interactive, not only are we ensuring that we utlitise maximum experiential learning methods in our programmes, we are hoping this will assist in a planned move towards the development of a digital learning platform, which will allow us to scale up and reach learners in deep rural areas where physical programme facilitation is not always possible or practical.”  Noted Linda McClure.

Innovators Youth Win the 2013 HP Social Innovation Relay

Junior Achievement recently announced the winner of the 3rd Annual Social Innovation Relay, a global competition organized in collaboration with HP that challenges secondary school learners to develop an innovative business concept that addresses a social need. Innovators Youth from India won the competition. Under the guidance and support of an HP e-mentor from Singapore, the team developed a revolutionary building material, made out of rice husk boards. The team will buy rice husk from farmers and create a building material, which they called “Green Wood”.

The winners will be joining the JA-YE Europe 10th Alumni Conference in Tallinn, Estonia in August 2013.

Access to technology is crucial to enable learners to be successful in the labor market of the 21st century. Globally, a large number of learners do not have this access which puts them at risk for unemployment even before they have entered the labor market. The Social Innovation Relay seeks to close this gap by bringing innovative technology and hands-on educational programs to schools, equipping learners with technological and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in school and beyond.

The Social Innovation Relay provides young people with the hands-on skills and entrepreneurial expertise needed to start a successful career through a combination of virtual and face-to-face mentoring by experienced executives. The participating teams are paired with mentors who are all HP employees and who connect with the finalists to help them develop concept papers that can translate in feasible business ideas.

“The quality and increasing number of innovative, socially orientated business ideas reflects a successful collaboration with HP mentors and our partner Junior Achievement. The Social Innovation Relay is part of HP’s commitment to apply our expertise and technology to enable learners to develop IT and business skills and solve societal issues, leading to a future with many more bright social minded entrepreneurs. ”  Jeannette Weisschuh, director, Global Education Programs, Sustainability and Social Innovation, HP

The Social Innovation Relay was first launched in 2010, and over the past three years more than 67,000 students and 800 HP mentors from 19 countries have participated, submitting their socially innovative concepts. This year, nearly 1,600 teams around the world registered for the relay showcasing an ever increasing interest in the initiative around the world.

In South Africa more than 750 learners participated in this year’s relay, with 75 teams registering their ideas on the Social Innovation Relay website.

The team ANTS representing Eqinisweni Secondary School in Thembisa, won the national competition with their innovative Joy Swing concept – a playground that generates kinetic energy to power houses in non-electrified areas. The team continued to develop their idea, and competed against 18 other national winning teams in July in the global online final.

The ANTS worked hard to develop a video and refine their Powerpoint presentation in less than a week and Junior Achievement is extremely proud of how hard the team worked together.